Roger Hallstrom, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 82 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Pastor Mike Rue officiating.
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MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and again 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INURNMENT will be held at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Roger Vincent Hallstrom, of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday January 15th at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 82 years old.
Roger was born on September 2, 1939 in Mora, to parents Holger and Helen (Thorne) Hallstrom. Roger was the oldest of three siblings. He attended classes in the Mora Public School District and graduated from Mora High School in 1957. He played baseball and football, while working on the family farm, and participating in 4-H activities. Roger became a valuable part of the farm and took over at age 29 when his father passed away.
As time passed, Roger acquired land and machinery, growing Hallstrom Farms to several hundred acres. He raised cattle and hogs and numerous field crops. One of his passions was seeing his children follow in his footsteps showing pigs at the Kanabec County Fair. The Hallstroms were successful at the local level and later at the highly competitive Minnesota State Fair, earning a Reserve Grand Champion Award in 1983. Roger was a leader in the community, serving many years on the Kanabec County Fair Board and was also a Comfort Township election official. He played softball, hunted, and was a faithful fan at his children’s games and school activities. He was a businessman outside the farm as well, manning a position on the board at Kanabec State Bank in Mora and founded Farmers Feed and Grain in the early 1980’s. He earned numerous accolades from his peers, including Outstanding Young Farmer by the Mora Jaycees and in 1980, Roger and Vi were given one of the highest honors in Minnesota agriculture, being named The University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Farm Family of the Year.
Roger was active in the church as well, raising his family as regular attenders at Quamba Baptist Church and later at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.
He enjoyed snowmobile trips and late-night Rook parties with friends and family, and traveling with Vi to warm weather destinations. He was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins, Gophers, Vikings and the Mora Mustangs. And Roger loved the outdoors, whether hunting deer in the wooded acres near home or seeing the sun set at the family cabin watching his grandchildren swim and fish. He will be dearly missed.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law James Foster.
Roger is survived by his wife Violet; children, Steve (Tracey) Hallstrom of Fargo, ND, Gordy (Becky) Hallstrom of Anchorage, AK, and Karin Hallstrom Foster of Mora; brother Curt (Faye) Hallstrom of Monticello; sister Sandy (Mark) Klosterman of North Oaks; grandchildren, Wil (Andrea), Rachel, Kate, Noah, Dylan, Nichole, Aaron and Natalie; great grandchild Felix; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.