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