Roger graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at U.N.D. he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He spent his entire career in the utility industry, retiring as an executive from Lansing Board of Water and Light. Mr. Ophaug was involved in many professional, civic, service, and religious organizations including his service as Past President and Life Member of the Optimist Club of Lansing, was a past President of St. Stephen Lutheran Church Council, a past Chairman of the Board of A.C.A.A., and had served as past President of the Cumberland School P.T.A. to name a few. Mr. Ophaug also served as a volunteer escort at Sparrow Hospital for years, played duplicate Bridge and enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Roger was a current member of University Lutheran Church in East Lansing.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Annette; their sons, Curt and Craig (fiancée Wanda) Ophaug, both of Lansing; grandchildren, Nathanial and Jacob; two brothers, Darrell (Norma) Ophaug of Marion, Iowa and Francis (Grace) Ophaug of Larimore, North Dakota; along with his cousins, Shirley and Lilly and many nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by daughter, Carolyn Ophaug in 1978.
A memorial service for Roger will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at University Lutheran Church, 1020 S. Harrison, East Lansing with Pastor Frederick Fritz officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 12:30 until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s name may be made to Sparrow Regional Children’s Cancer Center or to University Lutheran Church. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.