Roger D. Getz

Roger D. Getz, 67, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Rhame, ND, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013, at their camper on his best


Posted April 17, 2013

Roger D. Getz, 67, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Rhame, ND, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013, at their camper on his best friend’s land in Bowman, ND. Funeral services for Roger will be at 10:30 a.m. on April 20, 2013 at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Galen Strand and Pastor Charles Swanson officiating with burial following at the Bowman Cemetery following the service. There will be a Family and Friends Service on Friday April 19, 2013 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.

Roger was born on June 24, 1945 to Harry and Thelma (Sletto) Getz. He was raised with his four sisters on the family farm south of Rhame, ND in Bowman County. He attended Adelaide for his grade schooling and then went to Rhame High School, where he graduated in 1963. He went on to attend college at Wahpeton and got his degree in mechanics. Roger went to serve his country in the Army from 1966 – 1967 on the DMZ in Korea.

On May 25, 1968 he married his wife, Muriel Erickson, of 44 years. They made their home on the family farm where they raised their two sons, Chad and Darrell. Besides farming and ranching Roger worked several jobs to provide for this family. He worked at Melvin Miller’s Construction and house moving and helped with the farming. He worked for Bowman County as a maintainer operator and helped build the fertilizer shed for the Rhame Elevator and for Coutts Trucking and Buses. In 1971 he started his own business Getz Truck Service in the oilfield.. In 2005 he sold the Getz Truck Service to his son Darrell.

On July, 17, 2005 Roger needed dialysis so they moved to Rapid City, SD and found their new home in a small mobile court in the middle of the Black Hills. He fought a great battle of many illnesses in his life – Diabetes, Heart, Kidney transplant in 2007, leg amputation in 2012. In March of 2013 they wanted to amputate the other leg and he said, “Enough, Not going to happen”. That is when they purchased a larger camper and headed to Bowman, ND for him to get ready to meet his family waiting for him in Heaven. His wish was to spend his last days around family and friends.

Roger loved to fish, hunt and visit with his friends that gathered in his shop on Sunday afternoons while he worked on Chevy motors, but most of all, Roger enjoyed spending time with his family. Roger was known for not saying much, but when he did everyone listened.

Roger was a member of the Rhame Lutheran Church; Sunset Care Board; Adelaide Township Board and the Rhame American Legion and treasurer of the Rhame American Legion Post 188.

Proceeding him in death are his parents: Harry and Thelma Getz, father and mother-in-law: Glen and Ruth Erickson, sister and brother-in-law: Helen and Elmer Svendby, Eilene and Floyd Rotering, brothers-in-law: Harold Jorgenson, Hilding Arnell and Harold Erickson and infant sister Kathaleen.

Survivors include his wife Murial, sons, Chad and Amy (Reiger) and Darrell and Kellee (Seamands). Grandchildren: Kyle, Brooke, Jace, Averie Getz, Brianna Getz and Mataya Seamands. Sisters: Clarice Jorgenson and Lois Getz, brother-in-law: Dennis and Shari Erickson, sisters-in-law: Ella Arnell, Leone Erickson and Phyllis and Merle Watts and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Dakota Prairie Helping Hands or the Southwest Healthcare Home Services.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services of Bowman in charge of the arrangements.