Roger D. Meidinger, 71, of Beach, North Dakota, died on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Montana. Visitation was held on Sunday, March 28. Per Roger’s request, a graveside service with military honors was held in the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry, Montana with Fr. David Richter officiating.
Roger was born on July 17, 1938 in Terry, Montana the son of Emanuel and Martha (Freier) Meidinger. He was raised and educated in the Fallon-Terry, Montana area graduating from Terry High School with the class of 1956. Roger was intelligent, witty and talented. As a junior in high school, having been selected to attend Boy’s State, he performed a musical solo for the Montana state governor. Roger married Nancy Scheitlin on February 14, 1958 in Glendive, Montana. The couple separated in 1982 and were later divorced.
On April 28, 1967, Roger was called to active duty with the United States Army. He served in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service. Roger was honorably discharged from military service on July 17, 1998 with the rank of Captain. Roger made his home in Fruitland, Idaho, as well as Terry, Montana before moving to Beach, North Dakota in 1995 where he was named as the City of Beach Public Works Supervisor in October of 1996; a position that he held until his retirement.
Roger married Marlene (Johnson) Chaska on March 31, 1997. Roger had continued his residence in Beach until recently moving into the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive.
Roger was a long time member of many service organizations including the Jaycees and the Elks Lodge and had served as the Exalted Ruler of the Bend, Oregon lodge. Roger was always very athletic and was an accomplished outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and water and snow skiing. He had an ear for music and was a talented musician who could play piano, organ and a variety of stringed instruments and enjoyed entertaining with folk and gospel music, as well as his own compositions. He was most comfortable in front of an audience, a master teller of tall tales and performed at many local and charity events everywhere he called home.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Lydia (Opp-Gaub), two children, Vicki Jo and Roger; one brother, Arnold; an infant sister, Evelyn and a sister-in-law, Lois (Lynn) Meidinger.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Larson and her husband David of Miles City, Montana; an adopted daughter, Tami Morey; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Darren Morey and Calder and Ciera Larson; two great granddaughters, Kylie and Mila; one sister, Violet Scammon and her husband Sammy of Wibaux, Montana; one brother, Harvey Meidinger and his wife Darlene of Glendive; numerous nieces and nephews.