Life Story for
John "Roger" Drengson
John "Roger" Drengson, age 67, of Emerson, Manitoba, passed away on March 25, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 30, 1946 to John and Clara (Quam) Drengson in Grand Forks, ND. He attended schools in Larimore and graduated from Larimore HIgh School. Shortly after graduation, Roger joined the US Navy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam aboard the destroyer, USS Shelton. He was discharged and returned home and attended Mayville State University and University of North Dakota. He was married to Martha Shide. Answering an ad in the Grand Forks Herald, Roger began his law enforcement career with the Grand Forks Police Department. Following his employment with the police department, Roger began his federal career. Roger worked for the United States Border Patrol, United States Immigration Service, and United States Customs Service, retiring with United States Customs and Border Protection in 2007 after 31 years of federal service. He was a member of the Ted Valerius American Legion Post #97 of Larimore,ND and the VFW Post #1874 in East Grand Forks, MN. . He married Linda Goosen on September 7, 2002 in Emerson, Manitoba, where they happily resided for 11 years. Roger loved working in the garden and especially enjoyed his gladiolas.
Roger is survived by his wife Linda of Emerson, Manitoba; his mother, Clara Drengson of Grand Forks, ND; his siblings, Daniel (Gayla) Drengson of Grand Forks,ND; Diane (Willie) Ihli of Burnsville, MN; his children, Craig (Jodi) Drengson of Pembina, ND; Jared Drengson of Lakeville, MN; Jill (Jon) Irgens of Bismarck, ND; step-daughter Kristina Goosen (Paul Leclair) of Emerson , MB; and many loving nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, step great grandchildren and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his father John and brother Steven.
Committal will be in the spring at Elm Grove Church Cemetery, rural McCanna, ND
When ever reckless behavior is being considered, Roger's advice will always be remembered: "It's not worth it,it's just not worth it...."