Roger Louis Tersteeg

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Roger L. Tersteeg, a warm and wonderful husband, father and grandfather, died Saturday, July 17 in his Juneau home after spending many hours with his family around him. He was 68.

Roger was born in Olivia, MInn., in 1942, where he farmed with his father until 1970 when, after a visit to his brother Dave in Juneau, he was lured to life on the "Last Frontier." Roger moved the family to Juneau, where he lived the next 40 years, minus a brief move back to Olivia in the mid 70's.

Roger worked for a couple of automotive shops before establishing Roger's Auto, which he ran successfully for over 30 years. He was known as a mechanic people could trust and his business reflected this commitment. In 2009 he was forced into early retirement due to his illness, much to the dismay of his many clients.

Roger was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling and talking about cars, working on cars, and building and rebuilding cars. Every year around Thanksgiving he looked forward to heading out to "the cabin" to deer hunt with his son Jeff and a group of buddies.

In 1989, Roger married Alice, with whom he enjoyed exploring the artistic side of life. They shared an appreciation for nature, and spent quiet time bird watching and viewing the beautiful scenery around their home.

Roger will be remembered by all who knew him as being very strong, yet gentle and very generous with his time and energy.

He is survived by his wife Alice; son Jeff Tersteeg and his wife Diana; daughter Kim Garrett and her husband Tom Brice; and grandchildren Shelby, Colton, Ben, and Tasher.

A celebration of his life will be held at the main shelter of Auke Recreation Area on Thursday, July 22, at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to: Territorial Sportsmen, Inc., PO Box 20761, Juneau, AK 99802. The family may be contacted at: PO Box 32302, Juneau, AK 99803.

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