Born in 1942 and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Roger graduated from Mendel Catholic High School in 1960. He enrolled at South Dakota State University in the fall of 1960 and graduated in the spring of 1964. In 1970 he received his Masters at SDSU. Roger pursued a career in education, and spent those years teaching, coaching, and serving as a high school principal in SD public schools.
He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Hodgson in June of 1965, a union that blessed them with Daughters Laurie, Lisa, and LuAnn.
As an enthusiastic hunter/fisherman, he has penned a weekly outdoor column for the past 47 years, and continues to write “Rog’s Rod & Nimrod” for a number of SD newspapers. His first book, A Dakota Rod and Nimrod, was published by authorHOUSE in 2017.