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Roger Roy

July 21, 1922-Jan. 20, 2009

Roger L. Roy, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo.

Roger L. Roy was born to Paul and Ella (Johnson) Roy on July 21, 1922 in St. Hilaire, Minn., where he was raised and educated, graduating as salutatorian with the class of 1940. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Bemidji State University in Bemidji, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mortuary science. Roger served his internship with Gulbranson Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. He married Helen Howick on Aug. 20, 1944 in Thief River Falls.

After being rejected for military service during World War II, Roger purchased Hanson Grocery in Detroit Lakes and operated the business as Rog Roy Grocery for 19 years. In 1963, he and Helen purchased the Hartz store in Detroit Lakes and operated that business as Rog Roy Food Market for 10 years. He sold the business in 1973 and continued to work for his successor, who changed the name to Rog Roy Jack and Jill. Roger retired from the grocery store in 1983.

Roger was a member of First Lutheran Church and served on the church council several times. He was active with the Detroit Lakes Chamber Of Commerce, the Eagles and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He was also a volunteer driver for the Becker County D.A.C. and for meals-on-wheels for over 22 years. In 1994, he was selected as Becker County Senior Citizen of The Year.

Helen died February 5, 2000.

Surviving Roger are his son, Jim (Beth) Roy of St. Paul; two daughters, Mary Roy of Eagan, Minn., and Ginny (Bob) Grobe of Chaska, Minn.; three grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two brothers, Sidney (Joan) Roy of Eveleth, Minn., and Jim (Ruth) Roy of Walker; as well as several nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Margaret Mayfield of Detroit Lakes.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes and at the church for one hour prior to the start of services on Sunday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Wade Dutton officiating. Interment services are set for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Online guest registration is available at