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Roger Eckhoff, 74


Roger Eckhoff of South Haven died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud following a courageous battle wih cancer. He was 74.
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A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with visitation one hour prior at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.


Roger Arnold Eckhoff was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Yakima, Wash., to William and Helen (Vought) Eckhoff. When he was 8 years old, his family moved to a farm in Henning. Roger was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he attended faithfully. He went on to graduate from Wahpeton School of Science and the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served our great country in the U.S. Army for four years. Following this, he returned to work for General Mills in Minneapolis, and later Henkel Corporation where he traveled to Texas, Kansas, Germany, and also Pakistan several times. He moved to a farm north of Cokato, and later worked for Davy McKee in Chicago. He retired from Simons in Minneapolis in 2002. Roger married Phyllis Paddock of Milaca Sept. 2, 1989, in Milaca. They lived in Chicago, and then Lake Augusta in South Haven.

After retirement, he worked for Heartland Express in Annandale and enjoyed being a member of the Annandale area community. He was an active member of the Lakes Association, and was passionate about feeding deer, geese, songbirds, and wildlife which  visited his yard.

Roger was preceded in death by his father William (Bill); and sister Barbara Cross.

He is survived by his mother Helen Eckhoff; his wife Phyllis of South Haven; stepchildren Amy Paddock and John Paddock; brother Richard (and Judy) Eckhoff; nephews Doug (and Ling Ling), Dale, and David (and Melissa) Eckhoff; nieces Carrie Broenen and Lori Richter, Pam (and Brad) Meyer, Jill (and Adam) Eckhoff-King; and many great nephews and nieces.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.