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February 19, 1920 - April 10, 2013

Roger was born February 19, 1920 in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Fred and Ina (Golberg) Darrington. He attended rural schools in Winneshiek County, graduated from the Mabel High School, and attended college in Winona.  Roger spent 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving overseas for over 2 years in England as a Radio Technician. He was discharged in September 1945 as a Staff Sergeant. 

In 1945 he married Anne Baukol.  To this union three children were born. He worked in feed and implements business with his father, Fred, in the Mabel area, and farmed for several years. They moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1961 where he was a supervisor for a grocery chain for several years and ended his working career by being a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood for 17 years.  He was active in church work serving on the church council and different committees in both Hesper and Scottsdale. After moving back to Minnesota he sang in the church choir and was co-chair for 18 years of the Steam Engine Days church stand.

After the death of his wife he moved back to Minnesota and married Doris Moen Anderson in 1983. They moved to Spring Grove in 1990.

Roger was member of the American Legion for over 68 years, was an avid sports fan, and loved golfing, playing cards, and dancing. Recently he was one of seven people elected to the Mabel High School All-Century Baseball Team.

Roger passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the age of 93.

Roger is survived by his wife Doris of Spring Grove; three children Craig (Judy) Darrington of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, Cathy Stephenson of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Cory (Vicky ) Darrington of Colton, California; a sister Barbara Skramstad of  Aurora, Colorado; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Anne; son-in- law George Stephenson; brother and sister-in-law Odin Skramstad, Harold and Christy Kjorstad, Magnus and Ceil Baukol, Austin and Myrtle Moen, Rose and Burton Oyen,  Emmons and Esther Moen, Curt and Sharol Moen, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, April 16 at the Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion.  Visitation will be 4-7 pm Monday, April 15 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials are preferred to the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery.
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