Funeral services for L. Wilmer Rugland of Roseau will be held on Thursday, January 3, at 11 am at the Roseau Community Church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 7:00, at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Interment will be at the Moe-Rose Cemetery.
L. Wilmer Rugland was born on October 13, 1918 in Roseau, MN to Anna (Pederson) and Sam Rugland. He was raised and attended school in Pinecreek.
Wilmer served in the United States Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart Medal. He worked in Hanford, Washington and returned to Roseau following his discharge from the Army.
He married Lydia Aman on March 10, 1940 in Roseau and to this marriage five children were born; Janice, Lloyd, Judy, Gary, and Jane. Wilmer farmed small grains and dairy, and also did carpentry work. Lydia passed away in 1954 at the age of 34, and Wilmer was left to raise the five children on his own.
On December 30, 1961 Wilmer married Inga Nystrom and they enjoyed 49 years of marriage. They moved to Gold Hill, Oregon in 1964 where they resided for 5 years. They then moved to Minneapolis and lived there for 15 years. During this time Wilmer worked on large construction crews building bridges and high rise buildings. They moved back to Roseau in 1980.
Wilmer’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening flowers and vegetables, and carpentry work. He loved to travel! He and Inga saw 47 states and only missed three due to a large storm that hit the Northeast during their travels. He loved photography and took many pictures on their ventures. He was very active in all of the churches he belonged to in his life. He attended Moe Lutheran Church prior to his move from Roseau, the Bethel Assembly Church in Minneapolis, and is currently a member of The Roseau Community Church. He built the Cross that currently hangs behind the Pulpit at the Roseau Community Church. He served on several boards and committees over the years, taught Sunday School, and was very proud of being a Royal Ranger. He enjoyed taking the kids of the parish to the Boundary Waters canoe area for a Christian Fellowship and Adventure.
Wilmer passed away on December 27, 2012 at the LifeCare Manor in Roseau. He was 94 years old.
He is survived by his children, Lloyd (Kathy) Rugland of Sioux City, IA, Judy (Larry) Schmit of St. Paul, MN, Gary Rugland of Port Orchard, WA, and Jane (Darrell) Rose of Mapleton, OR; 13 grandchildren; 35 great- grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren; step-children: Frank (Lois) Nystrom, Eldri (Dennis) Vatnsdal, and Esther Lisell; 12 step-grandchildren; sisters, Inez Olson of Duluth, Joyce Morken of Stockton, CA,and Shirley DeMotte of Lewiston, Illinois. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.
Wilmer is preceded in death by his wives, Lydia in 1954, and Inga in 2007; daughter Janice; brothers Gordon and wife Gladys, and Earl and wife Velma; step-son Orville Nystrom; brothers-in-law Lester Olson, Jack Morken, and Burel DeMotte.