Roger Arlen Bygd born April 1, 1949 (April Fools) age 68, died Sunday, September 10 losing his battle to cancer. He lived on the family farm which has been in the Bygd family since September 10, 1907, 110 years to the date of his passing.
Roger was preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Lucille, and brother Norman Langland.
He married Nora Robbins in July 1975 and had two children, daughter Jessica and son Clinton, who all survive along with Nephew Scott Roberts, his wife Kim, and their two children, Nathan and Natalie, as well as several beloved cousins.
Roger retired from Wirth Brothers Excavating of Ridgeland after 22 wonderful years. Before working at Wirth Bros. he was a dairy farmer on the family farm for 12 years and an over the road truck driver at a young age who formed his own truck driving company for a short while.
While on the family farm he loved tapping trees in the spring for maple syrup, cutting firewood, and hunting. In the summer he would go fishing, and ride his iron horse stopping at the local watering holes.
Roger had a passion for the old west and helped construct the first Wisconsin Old West Shootists club in Boyceville and was known to them by his alias, Plum Loco.
For the last 15 years, in December, he played and looked like Santa Claus spreading joy to many. He was a very charismatic man, would help anyone out and would give his shirt off his back if you needed it as long as you didn’t sneak up behind him and touch him on the shoulder.
He loved a good time; rooting for the Packers, talking to strangers, and making people laugh. He will be remembered by his infectious smile, quick wit, gruff voice, and will be loved and missed by many.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 15 at West Akers Lutheran Church in New Haven Township, with Rev. Mark Woeltge officiating, burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, September 14 from 4-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.