Roger D. Amosson, 76, 306 Birch Ave., Clear Lake, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City, Iowa. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 508 2nd Ave N., with the Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, 6 - 8 p.m. at
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake and one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Clear Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or Hospice of North Iowa.
Roger was born Oct. 22, 1934 on the family farm, south of Clear Lake, the son of Glen and Agnes (Ulstad) Amosson. He attended and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1953. He worked at Allied Mills for two years. Roger married Barbara Rice on Jan. 9, 1955 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. He farmed the family farms until retiring in 2002.
Roger’s favorite past times were fishing, hunting with his son-in-law Jeff, and having coffee with the hearing impaired group. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and watching sports - the Vikings, Twins and Iowa State University. Roger took pride in his Norwegian heritage and attending church Lutefisk dinners in the fall. Roger and Barbara enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona where he did woodworking and jewelry. Roger was a former Clear Lake School Board member and Zion Lutheran Church member where he taught fifth grade Sunday school and was on church council and various committees.
Roger is survived by his wife, Barbara Amosson, Clear Lake; three daughters, Vicky Ernster and her husband, Les, Rochester, Minn., Susan Finnegan and her husband, Michael, Clear Lake, and Amy Pierce and her husband, Jeff, Rochester; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Anderson, Mankato, Minn., Sara (Bryce) Pronk, Rochester, Christopher (Stephanie) Finnegan, Patrick Finnegan, Des Moines, Iowa, Nicholas Pierce, Meg Pierce and Claire Pierce, Rochester; four great-grandchildren, Bennett and Alexis Pronk and Vaughn and Evelyn Anderson; brother, Robert Amosson and his wife, Patricia, Rockwell, Iowa and sister-in-law, Susan Amosson, Des Moines.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ronald Amosson.