OBIT: Elroy Rostberg

Elroy Rostberg, 78, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away in his home on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Larimore. Face masks are required. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the church. Rite of Christian Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery, Larimore. Elroy was born to Alice Rostberg on Aug. 8, 1942. As a boy, Elroy spent much of his time helping his family on the farm where he gained an uncanny ability to fix anything. Elroy attended elementary and high school in Larimore, ND. He was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and participated in pole vaulting at a state track meet. Elroy’s work ethics and common-sense ingenuity made him the first employee at the Larimore golf course when it was being created at the age of just 14 years old. Elroy married Luciene Lee of Larimore, on June 5, 1965. They moved to Kindred, ND, to start a family and to start his career. They raised three children: Michele, Greg, and Kristi. Elroy instructed Vocational Education for ten years at Kindred High School. He actively participated in the FFA, Saint Maurice’s Catholic Church Council, Kindred Lions Club, Kindred School Board, and other community organizations. Elroy was awarded the National Vocation Ag Teachers Association Outstanding Young Teacher Award. There’s no better way to describe his teaching career than this acknowledgement written by Keith Rheault at University of Iowa when writing a dissertation about Vocational teachers. “The spark which initiated this study could have said to have its origins thirteen years ago. The man who ignited the spark was my first and only vocational teacher Mr. Elroy Rostberg. Mr. Rostberg gave real meaning to the words, Master Teacher.” Elroy moved on from teaching to become the manager of the local Cenex Cooperative. Little did he know that that moving to Cenex would start many life-long friendships and be his life’s work for the next 30 years. After managing the Kindred Cooperative for ten years and receiving Outstanding Young Manager Awards, Elroy was asked by corporate Cenex, to be part of the field staff where he could choose to live anywhere in the Red River Valley. Elroy and Luciene jumped at the chance to move back to their hometown, Larimore, in 1981. He was active in Larimore Lions Club, St. Stephens Catholic Church and the Larimore School Board. Elroy is remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit and as a selfless server. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and also enjoyed spending time with his family. No matter how busy he was, he always took time to go hunting and fishing with his son starting at the age of four. He took annual fishing trips to Canada with his Cenex fishing crew, starting in 1977. To his fishing buddies he was the master chef and head jokester. After his career had ended and Luciene passed away in 1998, Elroy, with the help of his son, grandson, Jordan and uncle, Kenny, spent the summer moving his dream lake cabin to Devils Lake, ND. In 2004, he met Rhonda and they were married in 2007. They enjoyed fishing, hiking, kayaking and hunting. They had many fun adventures in Alaska, Arizona, Mexico and Western North Dakota. They enjoyed watching Bison football games in their home in Arizona with friends. They are current members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devils Lake. Elroy is survived by; his wife, Rhonda; his brother, Joel, his wife, Debbie; daughter, Michele Van Vlaenderen; grandchildren, Jordan and Megan; great-grandchildren, Caidyn, Kyra and Ella; son, Greg Rostberg, his wife, Julie; grandchildren, Brandon and Michael; his beloved special needs daughter, Kristi. Rhonda daughters, Joni Hubrig, husband, Travis, their children, Grace and Norah, Andrea Chaney and her husband, Derrick his children, Dustin, Danielle and Garrett, and Christie and Stephen Freedman, their daughter, Olivia. Elroy is preceded in death by; his first wife, Luciene Rostberg; mother, Alice Rostberg; and his uncle, Kenneth Rostberg. Bakke Funeral Home, Larimore. Online guestbook: www.bakkefuneralhomes.com.

Posted online on September 03, 2020