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Roger Besemer

Roger Lee Besemer, age 74 of New Ulm died on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-South Chapel in New Ulm. The New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will provide full military honors at the conclusion of the service. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. on Friday before the service. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: Roger is survived by his wife, Judy Besemer of New Ulm; his sons, Chad (Cathy) Besemer of Lipetsk, Russia, Wade (Nikki) Besemer of New Ulm; his 9 grandchildren, Bradley, Keith, Amanda, Samantha, Jordan, Danielle, Gabrielle, Samuel, and Megan 7 great-grandchildren, Kira, Oliver, Nora, Jason, Quinn, and Theodore; and his brother, Ronald Besemer of Cathedral City, California. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Dorreen Besemer; and his nephew, Terry Besemer. Roger Lee Besemer was born July 22, 1947, in New Ulm to Elmer and Valene (Schulz) Besemer. He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and was a 1965 graduate of New Ulm High School. After graduating high school, Roger attended and graduated from Minneapolis Vocational School of Barbering. During high school, Roger enlisted in with the 452nd Army Reserve Unit out of Winthrop; in 1968, that unit was activated and sent to Viet Nam. He was always proud of his service to his country. Roger was united in marriage to Judith Gruber on November 26, 1966 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm. This union blessed the family with two children, Chad and Wade. Roger was an extremely hard-working man with many varied interests. He held many different occupations over his lifetime including, barbering, farming, raising mink, driving semi, and owning a bar. He continued to barber part-time until his death. He was a pigeon fancier and raised, showed, and judged pigeons for many years, he was the first and only person to achieve National Master Breeder recognition in both show rollers and baldhead show rollers. He was a member of the Brown County Poultry and Pigeon Association, the United Show Roller Club of America, the Baldhead Show Roller Association, the New Ulm American Legion, the New Ulm VFW, and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Ulm. Blessed be his memory.

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