Roger Manninen, 70, of Grand Rapids, died at home Monday, May 20, 2013, after a three-year battle with very aggressive metastatic prostate cancer.
Roger was born to William and Agnes Manninen. He graduated from Buhl High School, Virginia Junior College and Michigan Tech. After college graduation, Roger was employed by Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wis., for 3-½ years. He moved to Minnesota to work for the Department of Natural Resources where he worked as the regional engineer for three different regions of the state. Roger had a particular satisfaction working with and for varied management disciplines within the DNR and with numerous contractors. He felt the public didn’t realize the dedication and care DNR professionals provide to natural resources.
Roger was especially proud of his family and the home he built with his wife, Lois.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; his mother, Agnes Manninen; his children, Gail (Scott) Danner, Gary (Daphne) Manninen and Linda (Zach) Tefft; his sisters, Doris (Joe) Pospichal and Cheryl (Mike) Aro; his grandchildren, Kate (Che) Coulibaly, Jennifer (Robert) Dougherty, Colin Manninen, Gabryelle Manninen, Blake Danner, Nathan Tefft and Davis Tefft; his stepgrandchildren, Jazmyn Trapp, Deanna Trapp and Garrett Schmitz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his father; and grandparents.
Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 24 2013, at the Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids and will continue on Saturday, May 25, 2013, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral, also at Rowe Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Shuey will officiate. Burial will be in Biwabik Township Memorial Cemetery. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com .