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Roger B. Everson

April 3, 2024 | 15 comments

Roger passed away peacefully on March 31, 2024, at the age of 72 surrounded by loving family. He was born April 27, 1951, to Lawrence & Aldoris (Bergum) at Grandview Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Roger was employed by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 19 years and finished his railroad career with the I&M Rail Link, retiring in 2011. Roger made Christmas extra magical for many years as Santa Claus on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Roger was a connoisseur of food and enjoyed dining at the local supper clubs. He was the kitchen gadget king. Their kitchen included electric salt and pepper grinders, multiple electric can openers, an endless supply of chip clips, a Pizzaz, and a Crème brulee torch. His obsession with condiments filled their refrigerator shelves with more jars than packaged food. He had an insatiable sweet tooth and hid sweets around the house to avoid detection. He loved watching competitive sports on TV and cheered for the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers, and there wasn’t a Gunsmoke or The Andy
Griffith Show episode that he hadn’t seen.

Roger is survived by his loving wife Nancy (Foust) who he married on December 26, 2008. He is further survived by daughter Holli of Taos, New Mexico and son Brent (Maranda) of Duluth, Minnesota. Bonus children Jenny (Chris) Stenberg, and Christopher (Amanda) Stenberg. Grandchildren Nolan, Natalie, and Nash Everson. Five bonus grandchildren, Jaidyn, Chloe, and Cruz Krohn, and Keira and Everett Stenberg. Twin brother Rodney, brothers Greg (Susie) and Tom, and sister Rachel (Joan). Roger is further survived by his father-in-law, Harry (Mary) Foust, brother-in-law, Chuck Foust, sisters-in-law, Rebecca (Dean) Faas, Cindy (Jim) Erickson and Anne (Tony) LaGoo

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, brother Carl, and nephew Ben Everson.

The family wishes to thank Mayo Clinic ICU staff for the care and compassion they showed.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 2-5pm at the Onalaska American Legion Post #336.

Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.



  1. Debi Stuber

    Sending sincere condolences from Bob and Debi Stuber

    • Barb Stanek

      Nancy, Im sorry you’ve lost your loving husband. I feel your grief during this most difficult time. He was too young. My sympathy to you and all your family and friends who loved him. I’ll ask Mike to look him up in heaven. In friendship. Barb Stanek

  2. Kelly Weaver

    Oh Nancy I’m so sorry to hear of Roger’s Passing
    Your in my thoughts and prayers ????❤️????❤️

  3. Carolyn Painter

    So sorry for your.

    • Daneen Cody

      Roggie was such a character!!! Funny made everyone smile especially at meal times. ???? He always treated me as family and I always looked forward to seeing him. He is going to be so missed by everyone. He welcomed me as family and I loved him as my family. ❤️❤️❤️ It’s so hard to put into words how special he was to many. RIP Roggie
      I am so sorry for your loss Nancy!

  4. Kathy Litsheim

    Roger was the picture of a kind and engaging man. I was looking forward to discussing the politics of the upcoming election.
    Roger left us too soon.

  5. Debra Carpenter

    My deepest condolences to you and your family with your loss. May God give you strength in the days ahead to give you comfort through these tough times. God Bless.

  6. Lisa Meyer

    Oh my goodness…. My husband JJ worked on the railroad with Roger…and I grew to be friends with Roger at Nutbush back in the day when I waitressed there….he will be missed…. RIP Roger… thoughts and prayers to you Rod and all of the family

  7. Don and Lynette Lee

    Don and I are so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. We loved him like a brother and will miss him…our deepest condolences

  8. Cindy Tracey

    My sympathies to everyone. Roger will be missed by many, especially the class of 1969 at Melrose Mindoro High. Great memories of many fun times over the years. Bless his full life and memory

  9. Tom Fuchs

    Always enjoyed working with Roger on BNSF RR.
    After he changed his career path, bumping into him and having a beer together was always a good time, he presented a gentle expression of himself..
    He will be missed by many.
    R.I.P Roger

  10. Rhonda Prom

    My deepest sympathy’s to the family!I had many good times with Roger with fun trips to Florida.He was a very kind soul!RIP Roger.

  11. Craig Williams

    When I started my career with the IMRL in 1997, Roger taught me alot. He became TM and we worked together alot. He was a good man and a fair boss. Owe alot to Roger for the railroader Im today. Wished Id seen him more in the past 10 years. Will be missed. RIP and thank you Roger. Condolences to the family.

  12. Jon Grinde

    Roger was like a brother to me over many years: MMHS Mustang classmate, golf partner on occasion, travel partner to Northernaire Resort with Rodney and Steve, fellow worker in the fields with Stokely Van Camp, and always fun to be with at class reunions. He taught me a thing or two about railroading too. Roger, you left us all too soon. May you rest in peace. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are for Nancy, Holli, Brent, Rodney, and all the family members and friends who will miss Roger’s friendship, laughter, and smile. May we all cherish his memory and keep it alive by sharing our stories with eachother.

  13. Sarah Ferris

    Roger was always warm and welcoming to us as kids when we came over to hang out with Holli and had sleepovers. And of course so much fun. Holli and Brent, I’m sorry for your loss. Your Dad was wonderful.


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