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

He was born on Aug. 10, 1939, in Whalan to Peter N. and Myrtle (Sveen) Chiglo. He graduated from Lanesboro High School.

Roger served in the U.S. Army from April 14, 1959, to April 14, 1961, stationed in Germany.

On Oct. 15, 1961, Roger 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.

Roger 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.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; three children, Rebecca (Scott) Nelson and 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; as well as many nieces and nephews plus his faithful companion, his dog Herbie.

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

There was a memorial service on May 11 at the Whalan Lutheran Church with the Rev. Philip Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery.

The Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at