Roger Westra, 77, father of Wykoff woman

Roger Westra

Roger P. Westra, 77, of High Forest, died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at his home.

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

He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1959.

He was married on Jan. 10, 1959, to JoAnn Tesch in Rochester. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January.

They lived in Rochester until May 1974. They moved to High Forest Township in May 1974. He was on the Rochester Police Department for 32 years and eight months, retiring as a lieutenant.

He 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.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; his daughter, Jodi (Rocky) Schleusner-Vreeman of Wykoff; grandsons, Christopher (Katy) Schleusner of Stewartville and Brandon Vreeman of Preston; two great-grandchildren, Ahnan and Sofia Schleusner of Stewartville; 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 preceded in death by his son-in-law, Kim Schleusner.

The funeral service for him was held on Monday, March 11, at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester co-officiated by the Rev. Karen Foster and the Rev. Woody Roland. Burial was held in Wykoff Cemetery in Wykoff.

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