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Roger Land Pederson

April 23, 1938 March 3, 2019
Roger Land  Pederson
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Obituary for Roger Land Pederson

A private family graveside service and burial will be held at a later date at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell, Iowa. A celebration of life will be scheduled late Spring or early Summer at the Elks Lodge in Grinnell.

Roger was born to Leonard and Augusta Mehlin Pederson April 23,1938 on the farm north of Grinnell. He was raised on the farm and attended country school and graduated from Grinnell High School in 1956. He also attended University of Norther and finished with Master’s plus 15 years at Southern Illinois University in 1968. He was a member of the Grinnell Elks Lodge, Grinnell Jaycees, and a member of the Grinnell United Methodist Church.

For many summers he was in charge of the Boys and Girls Little League summer baseball and softball leagues when the fields were located all over town.

On May 14, 1961 he was united in marriage with Mitzi Winkler , at the Clear Lake Methodist Church. The couple raised three children Kirk, Dana and Heidi and were married 58 years. Roger retired from teaching math at Grinnell/Newburg schools with more than 38 years of service. He will be remembered by the countless students he taught and coached over that immense period of time.

Roger enjoyed his retired days chasing his five grandchildren and one great grandchild to swim meets, cross country/track , softball and basketball games. Roger and Mitzi enjoyed traveling all over the world, including all but four states, and many countries including China, all of Europe, Peru, Ecuador, South Africa, and the Amazon Rain Forest, and Alaska. He also enjoyed his winter months in Weslaco, Texas where he has too many activities to mention, except the one he cherished most, dancing with his wife to a country two step.

He is survived by his wife, Mitzi of Grinnell; son, Dana (LeAnn) Pederson of Grinnell, and daughter in-law, Kristi Pederson of Kellogg, Iowa; five grandchildren, Samantha and Katherine Pederson of Grinnell, Afton Polk of Des Moines, Iowa, Trenton Ratcliff of Omaha, Nebraska and Zane Ratcliff of Kellogg; one great grandchild, Anders Polk of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Kirk and Heidi Pederson; brother, Don Pederson; and sister, Norma Pederson Kaisand.

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