Arapahoe, Nebraska

Roger H. Magnus, age 71, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died on Monday June 13, 2011 at BryanLGH West Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born on August 20, 1939, in Deshler, Nebraska to Louis and Emma (Atenhan) Magnus.

He was baptized & confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Deshler, Nebraska. He attended St Peter's Lutheran School and graduated from Deshler High School with the Class of 1957. Roger married Judith Schroeder on June 7, 1959 and had four daughters and they made their home at Arapahoe in 1968.

Roger was a carpenter by trade for most of his life. He worked in the lumberyard and had a construction business, owned Magnus Oil & Gas and owned Roger's Relics before retiring in Holbrook, Nebraska.

Roger was a volunteer fireman, fire chief and EMT in Alexandria, Nebraska for 9 years and also at Arapahoe for 14 years. He was involved in many community projects, including NCIP, community rehab, and many others. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe. He was very proud of being part of a heart block study program and research for pacemakers starting in 2006 till time of death. He was a fisherman, hunter, and loved being a grandfather most of all.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a special friend Carolyn Meester.

He is survived by four children: Laurie and husband Gail Warner of Holbrook, Nebraska 

Debra and husband Russ Carlson of Arapahoe, Nebraska

Peggy and husband Jim Harwager of Lakeside, Nebraska

Kathy and husband Tim DeVries of Holbrook, Nebraska

Three grandsons: Brady and Laine DeVries and Tyrea Warner of Holbrook, Nebraska

Sisters:  Donlan Noojin of Beatrice, Nebraska

             Lois and husband Don Voss of St. Joseph, Missouri

Friend: Judith Magnus of Arapahoe, Nebraska

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at

Memorials are suggested to Bryan LGH Foundation for Bryan LGH Heart Institute Research Services.

Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 9 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Burial will be Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10 AM at Deshler City Cemetery, at Deshler, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.