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Roger Dennis Borgeson, 79, was found dead due to an accidental fall in his Lake Forest, Calif., abode on July 28, 2001.

A native of Duluth, he was born Nov. 22, 1921. He was confirmed at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, became an Eagle Scout, graduated from Duluth Central High School where he played baritone in the band, as well as in the Minnesota National Guard's 125th Field Artillery Band at the Duluth Armory. He was inducted into the military service when his guard unit was activated with the outbreak of World War II. He opted to join the U.S. Army Air Corps and obtained the rank of captain while navigating 70-plus B-17 bombing missions over Nazi-occupied Europe. The war over and a civilian again, Roger earned his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and worked for Honeywell for 14-plus years before he and his family moved to California. He retired from Hydraulics Research Corp., where he worked on their design contributions to the currently successful space shuttle efforts.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife, ''Larry''; parents Arthur and Idena; brothers Donald, Glenn, Robert and Thomas; and a sister, Joan.

He is survived by sons James of New Jersey, David and Mark of California; numerous grandchildren; sisters Marjorie (Irv) Ingram of Duluth and Betty (David) Pauba of Plymouth, Minn.; brothers Arthur (Carol) of Hermantown and David of Duluth; and over 100 known relatives.

Interment: was beside his wife at Pacific View Cemetery in Newport Beach, Calif., a place which reminded Roger of Duluth.

(Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, MN, 27 Aug 2001, Page 5B)

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