Passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the age of 97. He was born in Minneapolis on October 9, 1915, he was the fourth child of Norwegian immigrants John and Inga (Berg) Rogndahl. Around 1918 his parents took up a homestead in Montana, between Frazer and the Canadian border. They later sold it and moved into Frazer where his father worked for the railroad and his mother handled their small dairy.
In 1925 the family moved to Portland, OR, where his father and older brother died in a tragic accident. After graduation from Benson Tech Jim spent 18 month in the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1941 he married Virginia Doris Neuhauser and in 1942 entered the Army. Following his service he and Virginia returned to Portland where he was for some years a salesman with Royal Typewriter. In 1956 he moved with his family to Roseburg, having purchased Roen’s Office Equipment.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting. He was always ready for a game of pinochle, cribbage, or in later years, may I. Into his nineties he continued to care faithfully for his yard and flowers. He liked reading, particularly westerns, and by heart several poems of Longfellow, Kipling, and Robert Service. He and Virginia were smooth and sassy ballroom dancers.
Calling himself a true conservative, he had strong political views. He was frugal, given to wearing old clothes, hauling his own trash, and looking for bargains. He relished gathering fresh produce - picking berries, beans, peaches, and cherries, drying walnuts, canning trout, digging razor clams; and in his Portland days stalking the elusive huckleberry. He was of an energetic and sanguine nature, devoid of self-pity. He applied his efforts wisely and responsibly daily and throughout his long life.
Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother; brother, Oscar; sisters: Signe Martinson; and Sylvia Larsen; and his beloved Virginia, wife of almost 62 years. He is survived by his daughter, Sylvia (George) Norton of Sutherlin; his granddaughter, Anna Norton; his younger sister, Marie Peake; also several nieces; one nephew; and their children; and grandchildren.
Services are pending. Please visit Jim’s web site at www.wilsonchapeloftherosessfh.com