Roger A. Chiglo, 73, of Rushford, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his home.

He was born Aug. 10, 1939, in Whalan to Peter N. and Myrtle (Sveen) Chiglo. He graduated from Lanesboro High School. He served in the U.S. Army from April 14, 1959, to April 14, 1961, stationed in Germany.

On Oct. 15, 1961, he was united in marriage with Darlene Ramsey at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro. He was self-employed in the construction industry and built all of the houses near his home in South Rushford, including his own home. He renovated the Rushford Creamery where he owned and operated The Creamery Pizza and Ice Cream as well as owning and operating The Pizza Place in Houston. He also operated many other entrepreneurial endeavors.

He drove school bus for the Rushford-Peterson School District. He drove coach bus trips for Bernard Bus Service of Chatfield, including transporting relief supplies to help with the Hurricane Katrina clean-up.

He was a life-long member of the Whalan Lutheran Church and was a member of the Whalan American Legion.

He was a loving, hardworking supporter of his family. He loved attending sporting events and activities for his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his faithful companion, his dog, Herbie

He is survived by his wife, Darlene; three children: Rebecca (Scott) Nelson, Terry (Deborah) Chiglo both of Houston, and Traci-Jo (Cory) Pederson of Whalan; eight grandchildren: Brock and Beau Nelson, Kennedy, Carter, Harrison and Jackson Chiglo, and Cade and Coy Pederson; siblings: Pearl Murphy of Whalan, Nester (Phyllis) Chiglo of Caledonia, Stanley (Margaret) Chiglo of Whalan, Orlean (Dick) Strand of Menomonie Falls, Wis., Mary Lou (Jack) Hanson of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Sandra Solberg of Lanesboro; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Maynard, Peter, Jr., and Jerry; and by two sons: Jeff, at the age of 14, and Daniel, in infancy.

There was a memorial service for Mr. Chiglo last Saturday, May 11, at the Whalan Lutheran Church in Whalan with the Rev. Philip Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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