Stayton – Roger, 87,
was born to Manvel R. Danielson and Gladys (Traver) Danielson on
the Danielson Family farm on County J near Boyceville,
Wisconsin. His family lived there, in Boyceville and in Downing,
Wisconsin until 1944 when they moved west. Rural life on the
farm and in small-town Wisconsin was idyllic he was as part of
his extended Swedish and Norwegian family, the small school and
Downing Methodist Church. Even though this was the time of the
Great Depression, a child felt loved and secure in the arms of
parents and grandparents, visiting aunts, uncles and cousins
from Minnesota and elsewhere, and always many friends.
The move to North
Dakota brought contact with his mother’s family, the Travers.
This was a whole new set of loving grandparents, six new aunts
and uncles with their wives and husbands and many more cousins
who by now have spread the family across the continent.
He finished his basic
schooling in Linton, North Dakota, and entered Jamestown
College, in North Dakota in 1949. He was called to military
service with the 47th Infantry Division in January of 1951 and
served his enlistment in Alabama, Georgia and Texas.
discharge he moved to Oregon and entered the University of
Oregon in Eugene. Life in Oregon with its banana-belt climate
was a whole new experience of study and part-time jobs at J.C.
Penney, setting chokers in the woods, turning sheets on the
spreader in the plywood mill on the graveyard shift, and two
summers with the cannery packing cans.
Graduation came in
1955. The beginning of this happy summer ended with the best of
events, marriage to his wife, Mary Lou Sunderland of Springfield
at Central Lutheran Church in Eugene. They moved the next week
to Stayton, where they built a home and have lived since. The
friends who stood with them are still close friends today, and
as usual the wedding was a big family event.
Both Roger and Mary
Lou taught at Stayton Union High School, he for thirty-two years
and she for eighteen. His teaching assignments began in business
and music and extended themselves through the social sciences to
American History and German. He was much involved in the foreign
student exchange program and worked for those years with
numerous people in the community to earn the funds to maintain
Roger and Mary Lou
enjoyed folk dancing. They were members of the International
Folk Dancers Club of Salem.
One year of Roger's
teaching career was spent at Northwestern University in
Evanston, Illinois, where he studied American History and German
in the John Hay Fellowship Program. In 1979 he enrolled as
a student in the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik at Lewis and
Clark College. In 1983, he took study sabbatical and studied
German at Willamette University and at Lessing Kolleg in Marburg
and in Luebeck, Germany.
Roger was a
genealogist and was successful in tracing his Swedish and Swiss
roots. He had much contact with his Swedish cousins. He and Mary
Lou traveled there several times to visit and become acquainted,
and they spent time in Germany traveling and visiting friends.
His most treasured
extra-family activity was his 26-year membership in the Festival
Chorale Oregon. Singing the works of the great masters of
European and American music was to him the opportunity to become
an extension of the imagination and skill of great composers and
part of an effort of friends to produce something truly
beautiful. He was proud to have sung in Carnegie Hall.
The Danielsons always
had a large garden of vegetables and flowers. They were early
adaptors of organic gardening, for which their children are
grateful. Dahlias, geraniums and peonies were high on their list
of favorite flowers. Roger's prized possession was his riding
mower with which he groomed not only his own lawns, but for a
few years, those at the SHF Brown House during its period of
Roger is survived by
his wife: Mary Lou and three children: Lorna (Randall) Adkins,
Catherine (James) McGehee and Mark Danielson; daughter-in-law:
Theresa Danielson; sister: Roberta (John) Lovald; grandchildren:
Joel Ventres, Matthew (Stephanie) Ventres, Christine (Isaac)
Becktold, Carin (Ivan Fonzeca Zazueta) Hemshorn, Traver
Danielson, Karlie (Fiance’ Travis Shroyer) Danielson, Desiree
Danielson, Patrick (Ashley) Danielson; great-grandchildren:
Madec, Micah and Merrel Becktold, Alicia, Silas and Scarlett
Danielson and Camila Ventres. He was preceded in death by his
four grandparents, parents and his step-father, brother, Richard
Danielson, sister, Judith Collier and son, Paul Danielson.
His memorial service
will take place at Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton on Sunday,
June 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm. Inurnment will be in the church
columbarium. Memorial gifts may be made to Lutheran World
Relief, Bread for the World or Jamestown College, Jamestown,
North Dakota. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral