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St. John's Lutheran Church
Thursday November 21st, 2013

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Roger Vanatta

Roger Vanatta, 79 of Milbank died on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Milbank Area Hospital. His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 21, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel Ostercamp will officiate. Burial with military rites will be at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday 5-7 P.M. with a 7 P.M. prayer service. Memorials may be directed to: Grant County Cancer Fund, C/O ICAP, 210 East 5th St., Milbank, SD 57252; Living Word Lutheran Church, 1303 East 4th Ave., Milbank, SD 57252 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, 820 Main St., P.O. Box 36, Webster, SD 57274. Roger Lee Vanatta, the youngest child of Glen Vanatta and Georgia (Ahlers) Vanatta was born on Sunday, April 8, 1934 at Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. In his youth he resided in the Webster area, attending school and spending much of his time with his grandparents on their farm. On May 17, 1951, at the age of seventeen, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the east coast and toured the Mediterranean. Upon his discharge, in March 1955, he moved to Kent, Washington. It was at this time that he met and married the love of his life, Arlyus Huwe on August 30, 1958 at Auburn, Washington. After their marriage the couple resided near Sumner, Washington. In 1970 they moved to Berthoud, Colorado, where they resided for over thirty years. Roger worked at Boeing, Neo Data and Group Publishing until he retired in 1999. In 2010 they decided to move back to South Dakota where they had both grown up. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado. Roger had a great sense of humor, was an avid reader and loved fishing and hunting. Not so long ago he went target shooting with his son and was still able to hit a bulls eye. His laughter would fill a room. He loved music and was known to break out into song. Even singing to his dog, Autumn! Roger passed into his eternal rest on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Milbank, South Dakota at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 9 days. Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Arlyus of Milbank, SD; one son, Vance (& friend, Stacey Gurnsey) Vanatta of Loveland, CO; one daughter, Cary (Joe) Ford of Evans, CO; three grandsons, Stephen Vanatta, Jeremy Downey and Zachery Downey; two great grandchildren, Aly and Kameron; his siblings, Nona Jenson of Sioux Falls, SD, Jerry (Pat) Vanatta of Deer Park, WA; Kay (Denver) Curtis of Bothel, WA, Bill (Joan) Vanatta of Seattle, WA and Vicky (Skip) Ericksen of Post Falls, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julius and Florence Ahlers, his father, Glen Vanatta, his mother Georgia Donut, sisters, Irene Kirchmeier and Jane Casale, and a brother, Clarence Vanatta.

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I will always remember meeting Roger shortly after Vance was born. Roger was showing me the radial arm saw he had purchased. Vance was very young and his nose was about as orange as a carrot. Don and JoAnn Butler

Don Butler Nov 29 2013 12:00 AM

Uncle Roger, I will miss you lots but am sure you are enjoying your reunion with Mom and all the rest of the family. I have always had a special place in my heart for you mainly because I know how special you were to mom, and it's particularly hard, seeing you were one of the last connections to her. The one thing that always sticks with me was your pacing and the pipe, can remember joking about you wearing out the carpet so take it easy on those clouds. In my thoughts and prayer's. Love Cheryl

Cheryl Weatherley Nov 28 2013 12:00 AM

I will always remember the kindness of both Roger and Arylus when they came to visit out here ... Roger, your smile was wonderful and you will be missed. Sending my love and prayers to all of the family. I'm sure you are having a good reunion with all the loved ones who have passed before you... see you again some day on the other side.. Diana Vanatta

Diana Vanatta Nov 22 2013 12:00 AM

Roger always could find humor in any situation, He saw the bright side of everything it seemed. He will be sadly missed. We are thankful we had some time these last few years to become better acquainted with him. Blessed be his memory. Bonnie and George Dolney

George and Bonnie Dolney Nov 21 2013 12:00 AM

When We went to Hells Canyon ,Uncle Roger had my dads fishing pole that i had given him when my father passed away ,But Uncle Roger gave it back to me ....Uncle Roger had tears in his eyes because he said he could no longer go fishing with my Dad ... Now They can go fishing again together in Heaven ...You will be truly missed ...Love Paul and Cathy Huwe .

Cathy Paul Huwe Nov 20 2013 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Vanatta

Cathy Paul Huwe Nov 20 2013 12:00 AM

Arlyus and family, I was very saddened to hear of Roger's passing. I will truly miss him and all the grief he would give me whenever I saw him (you know what I mean Arlyus :-) ). What a wonderful picture of him! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! LeAnn Esteves

LeAnn Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM

I will never forget Uncle Rogers Hello punch in the arm, he was always a lot of fun. Will always remember his Smile. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Kathy

Kathy Huwe Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Vanatta

Kathy Huwe Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM

I remember sitting on Uncle Rogers lap when I was maybe 5 years old and he was letting me smoke his pipe. That was pretty cool.

Dave Huwe Nov 18 2013 12:00 AM