Roger Svebakken, 83, of Spring Valley

 

Roger Svebakken, 83, of Spring Valley and formerly of Waukon, Iowa, died on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, at Spring Valley Living Care Center.

He was born on July 8, 1935, to Clarence and Doris (Davis) Svebakken in Waukon.

He graduated from school in Waukon where he excelled in high school sports, especially baseball where he held a batting average of 700 plus.

He served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne where he played on the Army’s baseball team.

After his discharge from the Army he started roping in local rodeos where he was very successful.

On June 8, 1967, he was united in marriage to Llonamae Smith in Mauston, Wis.

Together they raised and showed registered quarter horses. They had two very successful winning horses on quarter horse tracks across the eastern United States. He loved music and sang at weddings, funerals, nursing homes and especially enjoyed performing at cowboy churches.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Llonamae Svebakken of Spring Valley; two nephews, Bill (Cindy) Thias and Greg (Norma) Smith; two nieces, Wendy (Leo) Gansen and DeAnne Norman; cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Thias and a brother-in-law, Gene Thias.

A service of music and remembrance for him was held on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church in Cherry Grove with the Rev. Ken Kimball officiating. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waukon with the Rev. Ken Kimball officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to The Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waukon or to the Cherry Grove Cowboy Church. 

Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com.

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