OBITUARY: Roger Stachour

Stachour, Roger John of Wayzata, MN, went home to be with his Lord on August 12, 2011at the age of 79, following a 5-year battle with cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Clarice (Niehaus) Stachour; daughter, Carol; husband, Curt Eslinger and their daughters Katie and Emily of Minnetonka, MN; son, David, wife Beth, and their daughters Emma and Bella of Minnetonka, MN; and brother, Dilman & wife Sharon of Nisswa, MN.

Roger was born on September 18, 1931 to John and Emma (Petersen) Stachour in Grundy Center, Iowa and graduated from Grundy Center High School. He received a BA degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, and following that, spent 2 years in the Army at Fort Monmouth, NJ and at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, where he taught rocket guidance systems to officers. Roger married Clarice Niehaus on August 12, 1955 and then returned to the University of Iowa to complete a Masters degree in mass communications in 1956.

Roger dedicated the next 37 years of his life to working as the owner/operator of several businesses in the printing and publishing industry, including The Vinton Livewire in Vinton, IA; Lithocraft, a church bulletin printing business in Grundy Center; Metricomp, a college book publishing business; and finally as tri-owner of The Spokesman Press, printer and publisher of several Iowa Farm Bureau newspapers. In addition, he served as an elder of the Bethany Presbyterian Church and later was a member of The United Methodist Church, both in Grundy Center.

Following retirement, he was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, AZ and St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN. Growing up, Roger attained Eagle Scout status, and throughout his life, he was passionate about model railroading, photography, short-wave radio, classical music, and travel to Colorado and abroad.

His sharp intellect, devotion to family, strong faith and belief in God’s saving grace will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 26 at 11:00 am at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Rd 6 in Plymouth, MN.

Roger’s family would like to especially thank the staff of the North Memorial Residential Hospice, where he was so gently cared for during the final days of his life.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

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