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Roger Wells, 85, of Park Rapids, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013.

Rog was born June 8, 1928 to Homer and Leila Wells in Howard Lake. He attended school there graduating in 1946. He then served two years in the Navy.

Following that, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

During the summer months, he had the distinction of being the first park ranger in the Badlands of South Dakota. He was also a graduate of the Colorado School of Trades.

He married Darlene Schrupp at St. James Lutheran church, Howard Lake, April 2, l955.

Their first home was in Waseca where he was a manager at Herter's. They became parents of one daughter, Terri. They also lived in Howard Lake in the early 1960s.

In 1964, they purchased Sunset Lodge on Potato Lake near Park Rapids. They met wonderful people/guests during their ownership, many becoming life-long friends.

Rog loved hunting and fishing, making many Canadian trips. He also enjoyed having company stop by, good conversation and the coffee was always on! He was very artistic plus had the talent to fix anything!

He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by his wife, Darlene; daughter, Terri (Rick) Benham; "Granddogs" Spencer and Simon; brother, Miles (Alice, Darlene's sister); niece, nephews, cousins and their families and many friends.

Visitation: 5 - 8 p.m. Friday June 28 at Jones Pearson Funeral Home, Park Rapids.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.