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Roger Lafontaine, of Cambridge, formerly of Braham, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  He was 80 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Julie Beck officiating.


MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT & MILITARY HONORS will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Roger Alcide Lafontaine passed away on November 30, 2020 after a brief illness at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Roger was born November 21, 1940 to Alcide and Murel (Stephenson) Lafontaine in Duluth MN. Roger was the second of ten children. He attended Cloquet schools. During his senior year of high school, Roger left school to work at the paper mill. In 1961, Roger joined the Army where he was a heavy equipment operator and was honorably discharged in 1967.

Roger met Patty A. Johnson in 1959 and married in 1964. Roger and Patty lived in Cloquet and were blessed with a daughter, Gayle in 1965. In 1966 Roger and Patty moved to Illinois where Roger accepted a job offer with Caterpillar. While in Illinois Roger and Patty were blessed with 3 more children Kevin, Kurt (1968) and Cathy Jo (1970). In 1979 Roger and Patty returned to Braham Minnesota. Roger worked at Motek in Cambridge as a Quality Control Inspector and at night he attended classes to obtain his Emergency Medical Technician license and was a volunteer with Cambridge Memorial Hospital- Braham Ambulance. In 1982 Roger began working for Ware Manufacturing in New Hope, Minnesota and worked until his retirement in 2003. After retirement Roger became bored and obtained his school bus license and found a true joy driving school bus for the Braham Bus Company. Roger drove a regular route and activity bus until 2019. Roger was also a volunteer with Isanti County Safety and Rescue for 17 years.

Roger enjoyed camping with many friends and family, high school sports, stock car races, golfing, spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and friends, Thursday’s lunch with Dehl and Jan, Garvin and Pat, Lyle and Lois, Kevin, Wayne and anyone else who joined them for lunch and bingo with family and friends.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Alcide and Murel Lafontaine; brothers Alcide (Poopsie) Lafontaine, Gordon Lafontaine, Brian Lafontaine (passed away 12/28/2020); sisters, Murel “Punky” Swanson, Jeanne Kortie and Mary Carter; mother and father-in-law Elmer and Mable Johnson; and brother-in-law William Johnson.

Roger is survived by his wife and best friend of 56 years Patty; children, Gayle (Gary) Land, Kevin (Missi) Lafontaine, Kurt (Stacey) Lafontaine, and Cathy Jo (Paul) Dial; grandchildren, Jessica (James) Burda, Logan (Julie) Johnson, Kristyn (Trenton Greenlee) Lafontaine, Cameron Lafontaine, Andrew (Venus Yang) Erickson, and Ari (Shane Dinh) Erickson; great grandchildren Trenton Burda, Brodrick Burda, Dakota Greenlee, and Sophie Noble; sisters, Sharon (Earl) Baker and Edna (Jim) Seboe; brother Larry (Kathy) Lafontaine, all of Cloquet; sisters-in-laws Kathy Lafontaine of Arizona, Joan Lafontaine of Cloquet, Elva (Roger) Anderson of Mora and Judy Johnson of Cambridge and many cousins, nieces and nephews along with his little buddy, Gizmo.

16 thoughts on “ROGER A. LAFONTAINE”

  1. Good bye, Roger, we love you and will miss you. You are such a wonderful brother in law, father, husband. You were take away from us way to soon, but when a person is called it is time s up. We will meet you up yonder later on.

  2. Patty and Family, may you find peace and comfort and peace in your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Also know that you have a lot of people praying for your health. Trust the Lord, He’ll get you through all of this.

  3. Roger, you turned my five kids’ dread of the school bus ride into a joy for nearly a decade. Your kindness and great disposition were unforgettable treasures. Our greatest sympathy goes out to your family and close friends. Rest in Peace, Roger!

  4. RIP, Roger. I think back on all the times (many, many times) Roger and I talked Braham Bombers basketball and how he loved driving the team to away games. My most sincere sympathies to Pat, the kids and his extended family.

  5. Our family have such wonderful, good and fun memories of Roger — he was a part of our family for many years being a cousin by marriage — Rest in peace Roger, you will be missed by us – prayers to the family – we will meet again someday in heaven —- maybe you and mother can settle that $2 bet now — one of our “funnest” memories

  6. Pat our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Roger was a great guy! We had fun camping with you all.

  7. Pat and Familes:
    So sorry to hear about Roger. This year has been terrible, I would give anything to change it, I lost my brother the day before Roger passed, then yesterday his brother in law died. now I heard about Roger
    I will always remember Roger clearing my driveway during the winter. I appreciated that so much and he would never take any money. One christmas, he came across the street and jokingly asked that I do not decorate so much, it give Pat ideas. He helped me out alot, when I lived across the street. He will be truly missed. Thoughts and concerns are with you all–
    Barb Mellin

  8. Our thoughts and prayers to all of the Lafontaine Family. Darwin has fond memories of chatting with Roger when he drove the band bus for him so many times. He was appreciated and will be greatly missed.
    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  9. Roger was a great guy! I spent lots of time with him on odds-and-ends duties all over the county. He will be missed!

  10. Roger used to let me “drive” on the back roads when I was 10. Then he scared me to my toes when I watched him skid out on the race track, flip a few times, then crawl out of the flaming car. For some reason his family always laughed when I talked about the car on fire. I think they enjoyed the racing more than I did. Lots more!
    Patti “Chocolate Chip cookie GM” and Rog often hosted the family summer get-to-gethers in Braham. I still have the card for their anniversary last summer. Generations of family will miss Roger’s teasing. However, I am grateful for the times we were all together. RIP, cousin.

  11. We are so sorry to hear the news of Roger’s passing. John enjoyed his many years on Isanti Safety & Rescue with Roger ~ he had a gift for keeping things light and positive in difficult situations. May a bit of that “gift” rub off on us all. Our sympathies to the entire family.

  12. My sympathy to you Patty & family. Dale enjoyed going to your house with the ambulance radio thru the back yard & exchanging jokes. Good memories, rest in peace. God’s love to your family.

  13. Roger tought me how to put race cars together and race them brothers kurt and kevin were my neighbors early years roger was a race car person

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