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Roger Regimbal, 92, passed away suddenly in his Edgewood apartment, Grand Forks, ND, on Thursday morning, January 4, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks on Friday, January 19. Visitation will begin at 9:30 that morning, also at the church. A Prayer Service will be held at Holy Family at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, January 18. Both services will be livestreamed on the Holy Family Catholic Church facebook page.
Roger Kemp Regimbal was born to Ada Joyce (Liebermann) and Elmer P. “Jumbo” Regimbal on the 4th of July 1931, at the hospital in Warren, MN. His mother correctly predicted that he would be a “firecracker”, and he lived up to that prophecy. Roger spent the majority of his years in Stephen, MN, where he attended school, graduating with the Class of 1950. He lived his life as a devout Catholic and was a longtime member of St. Stephen Catholic Church.
On November 6, 1954, Roger married Bernice Mykleseth at St. Rose of Lima Church in Argyle, and the young couple packed their belongings and set out the same day in their brand new 1954 Ford. They headed for Long Beach, CA, where they lived and worked for the next two years before moving back to Minnesota.
Roger and Bernice were the parents of six children: Susan, Randy, Gregg, Jeffrey, Gary, and Christopher. The family lived in Stephen, building a home on Dewey Street within walking distance of school, church, and downtown merchants. Roger supported his growing family with various jobs throughout the years. He drove fuel truck for Stephen Oil and Implement and later owned and operated “Roger’s Service”, a car service and gas station on Highway 75 for several years. He joined the Minnesota Laborers Union in 1970 and worked as a laborer on numerous construction projects throughout the region, including Columbia Mall, United Hospital (now Altru), the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Nekoma, ND, the Perimeter Acquisition Radar building at Cavalier Air Force Station and the 57-story Wells Fargo Center in downtown Minneapolis. He retired in 1996 and enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with Bernice, visiting all fifty states.
Roger and Bernice continued to live in Stephen during retirement and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary before Bernice passed away in June of 2012. Roger then moved to an apartment in Grand Forks to be near his children and eventually moved into assisted living at Edgewood in November of 2022.
Roger was an avid car enthusiast and kept his vehicles in pristine condition. Over the years he was the proud owner of dozens of cars, including a 1928 Model A Ford and a 2016 Cadillac. Roger was also a talented gardener, spending hours tending the vegetables that he shared with family and friends. He was a spectator fan of all sports, diligently following Notre Dame football via radio broadcasts and then on T.V. A highlight of his life was attending a game in Notre Dame Stadium.
Roger loved gathering with his family each year as the center of attention at his 4th of July birthday celebration, where he held the spot of honor in the spectator section of the bean bag tournament. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren, attending their activities whenever possible, and they cherished him in return.
Roger took up the sport of running while in his 40’s, implementing self-taught training methods and running thousands of miles to successfully compete in 5K, 10K, and eventually marathon events. He accumulated scores of trophies during his running career and continued to run competitively into his 70’s. In later years, he started his mornings off with a five-mile pleasure run, usually accompanied by his canine running companion, Chopper. Up until his death, he was still walking a mile daily and doing 100 pushups. He was truly one of a kind!
Roger was pre-deceased by his parents; his wife Bernice; a son, Gregg Regimbal of Stillwater, MN; a six-year-old sister, Mary Lee; his brother, Thomas (Mary Anne) Regimbal; a brother-in-law, Selmer Mykleseth; and a sister-in-law, Lois Lundy.
He is survived by five of his children: Susan (Allen) Mickelson of Grand Forks, ND; Randy (Patti) Regimbal of Rochester, MN; Jeffrey (Janell) Regimbal of Grand Forks, ND; Gary (Kathy) Regimbal of Roseau, MN; Chris (Stacie) Regimbal of West Fargo, ND; and a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Regimbal of Stillwater, MN. At the time of his death, Roger had 13 grandchildren: Kerri (Bill Connolly), Natalie, Heather (Andy Schneider), Bryce, Riley (fiancé Jordyn), Justine (Andrew Pringle), Julie (Jared Freeberg), Jennifer, Brady (fiancé Anna), Shelby, Brynn (Ryan Piche), Jayden and Jocelyn; as well as 12 great-grandchildren, with the 13th to arrive in April. Roger is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Jim) Murray of New Brighton, MN; many beloved nieces and nephews, and hundreds of friends and acquaintances.
The family suggests that no flowers be given, but instead direct memorials in Roger’s name to Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church or Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks.
Burial will be held at a later date in St. Stephen Cemetery, Stephen, MN.
It’s been a Wonderful Life, indeed!
To watch a video of Roger's Mass of Christian Burial, please click the link: Roger Regimbal Mass of Christian Burial
To watch a video of Roger's Prayer Service, please click the link: Roger Rebimbal Prayer Service