August 21, 2013

Roger Harmon

Roger Harmon, 77, Minot, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2013, in a Bismarck hospital.
Roger Hugh Harmon was born on May 28, 1936, a son of Francis and Betty (Belgarde) Harmon in Fort Peck, Mont. At a young age his family moved to Watford City. He was raised on a farm near Watford City. Roger graduated from Watford City High School in 1954. He furthered his education by attending Dickinson State University. As a young man, he was active in sports, broke horses, and was a pick up man for rodeo events.
Roger began his working career in the oil fields around the Watford City area, and also obtained his insurance license. He worked as a roustabout then sold insurance for American Family Insurance Company for over 30 years. In 1990, he retired from the insurance business. Roger began a “part-time” career in the maintenance department at the North Star Trailer Park. He quickly became the General Manager of the park, a position he was very proud of. He spent many hours within the grounds of the park. To the children, he was known as the “candy man,” often rewarding them with one piece of candy for good behavior. To others, Roger was known as “the Sherriff” as he was very particular with the happenings within the park.
Roger, and his children Vicki, Tanya, Roger and Brian, joined the family of Phyllis Lushenko-Huyge and her children Scott, Debra and Stan, to become one family when the couple was united in marriage on Oct. 28, 1983. Together they enjoyed the outdoors, yardwork, and camping. He was also a wonderful carpenter, and enjoyed cabinetry.
He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church and served the church as a member of the Board of Trustees, a deacon, an usher and a driver, as well as many other capacities.
Roger is survived by: his wife of nearly 30 years, Phyllis; children: Vicki (Dale) Karpyak, Tanya (Larry) Andersen, Roger (Wanda) Harmon, Brian (Norly) Harmon, Scott (Gail) Huyge, Debra (Ron) Reber, Stan (Becky) Huyge; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; one brother Royce Harmon; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Debi Jo Harmon; brothers: Russell Harmon and Ronald “Chuck” Harmon; grandson Dana Ward, granddaughter Megan Huyge; and a daughter-in-law Michelle Huyge.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Minot. The burial was at Rosehill Memorial Park.
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