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.