Roger Paul Westra

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, June 5, 1941
Date of Death:
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Age:
77 years old

Visitation

Date: Sunday March 10, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Monday March 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Autumn Ridge Church [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Monday March 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Autumn Ridge Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Wykoff Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, June 5, 1941
Date of Death:
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Age:
77 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, June 5, 1941
Date of Death:
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Age:
77 years old

Roger Paul Westra

Roger P. Westra passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his home.

Roger was born June 5, 1941 in the Willmar, MN area to John and Marjorie Westra.

He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1959.  On January 10, 1959, he married JoAnn Tesch in Rochester.  They lived in Rochester until May of 1974.  They moved to High Forest Township in May 1974. Roger and JoAnn just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January. Roger was on the Rochester Police Department for 32 years and 8 months, retiring as a Lieutenant.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn; his daughter, Jodi Schleusner-Vreeman and Rocky Vreeman of Wykoff; grandsons, Christopher R. Schleusner and his wife Katy of Stewartville, and Brandon Vreeman of Preston; and two great-grandchildren, Ahnan and Sofia Schleusner of Stewartville.  He is also survived by his siblings, JoAnn Miller of Rochester, Carol Slawson-Rupp of Kasson, Mary (Richard) Nelson of Kasson, and Jim (Mary Jo) Westra of Byron; and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceed in death by his parents, John and Marjorie; and his son-in-law, Kim Schleusner.

Roger was a collector of old tractors, and interesting cars.  He loved farming and being a steward to the land and many animals he took care of.

The funeral service for Roger P. Westra will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester, co-officiated by Pastor Karen Foster and Pastor Woody Roland.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  Burial will be in Wykoff Cemetery in Wykoff, MN.

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The family of Roger Paul Westra has received the following condolences.

JoAnn and family,


 I would like to send my sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved Roger, husband,father and Grandfather.  Roger was a sincere, friendly person, I know Art worked with Roger for years and He and I both  thought He was a good and caring Policeman, loved his farm and rural life and know how much he cared for you JoAnn.  We have known both of you for a long time.  Art passed Easter Sunday nearly a year ago now so my heart goes out to you.


My Love and Prayers for you and family,


Sincerely,  Helen Mueller 

Roger was a great guy! Enjoyed his friendship he was a lot of fun and a good friend and police officer. 


My sympathies to Joanne and Jodi and the rest of Rogers family. 


Jim Connolly 

To JoAnn and Family ~


We are saddened to hear of the death of Roger. We will continue to remember Roger with always having a smile on his face, a zest for life, his passion for tractors and having a heart of gold for anyone that was in need.


Blessings to each of you as you experience this very painful and isolated loss. Know that you are in our prayers and we ask that God will surround you and be with you as you try to find peace in your soul.


A great man, he will be missed!

Hi Jo and family, we are sending our love, prayers, and hugs to you.  Please know that Roger is truly touching the face of God now and enjoying immeasurable love and peace. God bless you. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. It’s been a real pleasure  joining ~The Old River Valley Family~ He was a treasure that will be truly missed...

so sorry to learn of the loss of your dad, Jodi.  Our thoughts and prayers going out for you and your family.

Dear JoAnn, Jodi and Christopher, The world is a better place because Roger was with us. We know what a great guy he was and have only the greatest memories of the times we shared. We know how heartbroken you are and pray the Lord will grant you peace! With our deepest sympathy! Jan & John Paul

The loss of a parent, a spouse, or a sibling is a difficult task for those loved ones left behind. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this road. God 
Bless.

My sympathy to you JoAnn and all the Westra family.  I met Roger in 1980 when I came to Rochester, Minnesota with the FBI.  Roger was an exceptional human being and a credit to Law Enforcement.  God Bless.

Roger was great to work with. Roger had a great sense of humor that made working with him not only fun, enjoyable and unpredictable. Roger was one of the best story tellers I knew. The pranks Roger could pull off were priceless. I never met a more positive person. I will miss his stories, laughter and especially his smile. 


RIP Roger: Your watch has not ended please watch over all your fellow brothers and sisters from above, God needed another Blue Angel.

JoAnn and Family,


Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear husband and father.


May the Lord continue to wrap you in His Love . Peace??

JoAnn and family, sending you my deepest condolences.  Loved working with Roger and getting to know you JoAnn. 


Brenda Frederick( retired RPD training dept) 

Dearest Joann and family, 


Tears for you during this sorrowful time.


Praying for the comfort and peace of our Heavenly Father to envelope you all and give you strength.  


Praying as well that your treasured and precious memories will sustain you and bring a smile when you think of Roger and the good times and legacy of love he left with you—until you meet again.....


In Christ’s Love,


 


Catie and Scott Spiten


 


 

To Joann, Jodi & Christopher and families:  Our sincere sympathy to you on your loss.  This is so unexpected and we share your sorrow.  Oliver & Leigh Gunderson