Roger L. Heyn, 77

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Thief River Falls – Roger L. Heyn, 77, of Thief River Falls, formerly of Littleton, CO passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Thief River Falls, with his loving family at his side.
    A Liturgy Of  The Word was held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  
    Roger Larry Heyn was born August 7, 1939 in New Ulm, to Ben and Norma (Noel) Heyn, and was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.  He grew up in Thief River Falls where he participated in golf, hockey, student senate, and theatre then graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957.  He continued his education attending Moorhead State University, the University of Minnesota, and a specialized education program sponsored by the Minnesota Rubber Company.  
    He met and later married Nancy Jean Bickerstaff in Minneapolis in 1961.  He worked for Minnesota Rubber as well as Parker Seal companies in Minneapolis and then California before transferring his knowledge and experience to successfully pioneer his own rubber and computer business in Littleton, CO.  
    Following the passing of Nancy, in October 2001, Roger moved back to Minnesota.  In 2003, Roger met Valerie Ann Fellman Larson, who he then married in January of 2004.
    Roger was an ambitious man with broad interests.  He was an avid outdoorsman who loved golfing, hunting and fishing along with the camaraderie of his friends and family.  He never stopped educating himself which he pursued though reading, traveling the world, or professional communication.  His ultimate passion was studying, collecting, and restoring cars.  
    Roger was a member of several different automobile clubs where he swapped iron and traded stories about finely tuned performance machines.  He also had a fondness for collecting all types of interesting items including WWII artifacts, guns, and memorabilia.  
    Roger will be remembered as a very generous and loving man who always looked to engage those around him.  His friends and family will miss his humor, quick wit, his warmth, integrity, and most of all his gifted ability to tell stories and entertain anyone at any age.  To say he will be dearly missed is an understatement because anyone who had the honor to know and love him knew he was definitely a diamond in the rough.  
    Roger is survived by his spouse, Valerie Ann Heyn, his sister Patricia Heyn, of Thief River Falls, and his children from Colorado: Julie (Doug) Hatch, Steven (Deanna) Heyn, his grandchildren from Colorado: Sara and Nick Heyn and Jessica and Josef Hatch, his niece, Ann (Edward) Otstott, of Illinois, his grand nieces and nephews, Edward, Katie, Emily, Jon, and Ben Otstott, his stepchildren: Grant (Missy) Larson, Derek (Sherri) Larson, Kent (Sheila) Larson, and Kara (Ben) Worker, and his step grandchildren: Reese, Sara, Melania, Finn, Jackson, and Winston as well as his faithful dog “Teddy”.  
    Roger was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy, and his parents Ben and Norma.             
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