Roger H. Mahrer, 88, Mandan, passed away July 25, 2016 at Edgewood Vista in Mandan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Cremation has taken place, and internment will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Flasher, ND with Rev. Dennis Schafer officiating at 3:00 pm.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 pm and a Parish Vigil at 7:15 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Roger was born on May 12, 1928 to Richard A. and Adela (Banning) Mahrer in Flasher, ND. He was raised and educated in the Flasher area and graduated from Flasher High School. He married Isabelle Gustin on October 3, 1950, in Flasher where they made their home and raised their children. Roger worked as a parts manager at the family owned John Deere business in Flasher for 32 years. He was the Warehouse Clerk at Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Co-op, Inc. for 20 years, and he was a Maytag repairman for Flasher and the surrounding areas. In his spare time, he mowed the golf course in Flasher. Roger was also active in his community. He was a volunteer fireman, ambulance driver, served on the Flasher City Commission for 2 years, and was an active member of the Flasher Lion’s Club and Flasher Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, serving as Grand Knight. He enjoyed bowling, golf, and playing pool and cards. After Roger moved to Mandan, he worked full time for the Mandan Golf Course. Roger had an Irish sense of humor and would often say, “Always have a knife and matches in your pocket and you will always be prepared for anything.” His family was central in his life, and he attributed his 48 years of sobriety to their love and support. He was a proud and active member of AA and was an addiction counselor, affecting many lives in a positive way. In many instances, people would tell him that he had saved their lives.
Roger will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Isabelle; daughters, Marlis Mahrer, Bismarck, ND, Rose (Steven) Thompson, Bismarck, ND, Adele (Frank) Leingang, Mandan, ND, Patricia (Lonnie) Lemer, Bismarck, ND, Lisa (Mark) Kooser, Colorado Springs, CO, Jeannina (Lee) Fitterer, Flasher, ND, Skooby (Don) Lawson, Flasher, ND, and Elaina (Shaun) Bruce, Mead, CO; sons, Daniel (Susan) Springfield, OH, Joseph (Arliss), Garibaldi, OR, George (Laurie) Mandan, ND, James (Robyn), San Jose, CA, and Gerard (Joanne), Mandan, ND; 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Florence Weige, Glen Ullin, ND, and Peggy (Leo) Ternes, Bixby, OK; brother, Vernon (Barb) Mahrer, Crystal, MN, and sister-in-law, Angie Mahrer, Mandan, ND, along with many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Gloria Marie; granddaughter, Kayla Lawson; sisters, May (Richard) Frank, and 2 infant sisters; brother, Paul Mahrer and brother-in-law, Art Weige.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Heartview Foundation in Roger’s name.