Roger R. Haxby (1935 - 2018)

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As a young lad, Roger watched his two grandfathers focus on independence and work ethics.Emulating them became his focus.
I never want to say, "I wish I had!"
Educated at the University of Minnesota as a mechanical engineer, in 1958, he joined Ingersoll-Rand and quickly became an outstanding and vigilant sales engineer. Earning the rank of Professional Engineer in 1963, he was transferred to St. Louis and handled Monsanto internationally. Moving to Calgary, Alberta he was the Western Canadian Branch Manager, where they set unprecedented sales records with the oil companies throughout western Canada.
True to his dream of being an independent entrepreneur, he resigned his I-R position and headed for Alaska in 1972. Waukesha Alaska Corp. was founded. Atlas Copco and Deutz quickly sought him out to handle their compressors and engines. Outstanding engineering skills plus honesty, reliability and focus soon earned him the respect and the confidence of the oil companies such as Sohio, Arco, Shell, Chevron, Alyeska Pipeline and others that were building the pipeline. His equipment was used at Prudhoe Bay and along the entire pipeline. Small villages were powered by his equipment and he provided free training to them so they were able to service their own equipment. His word and reputation was his bond and if something did not work, the money was refunded or the problem fixed.
As the pipeline construction wound down, he and John, his son and active business partner for 35 years, sold off their inventory and began concentrating on investment in industrial buildings and land. John continues to run the Alaskan businesses today.
"Where would I ever be without the fine education from the University of Minnesota? I will be forever grateful!"
He served on the advisory board of the College of Science and Engineering for three decades with Dean Ted Davis, Dean Steve Crouch, Sam Mukasa and Mos Kaveh. Roger was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2011.
In 2006, Roger set up and endowed the Roger and Mary Haxby Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota based on merit. Their scholarship has provided tuition for each year of their four years of study in Engineering to 12 St. Cloud students so far. He loved encouraging students to attend the University of Minnesota and took a personal interest in their progress. His students would update him often on their progress, successes and career moves.
Roger served with FEMA in the Department of Homeland Security for nearly 10 years.
The stock market became his hobby and he enjoyed the challenge and devised his own mathematical formula for picking "winners."
Always active, he began bike riding at the age of 70 and went around the world at the equator one and a half times. He was closing in on the International dateline for the second time when he was struck with a devastating stroke on July 7, 2018. He lost the battle on July 24, 2018.
The only regret he ever had was that he did not get to ride in a posse.
He is survived his wife, Mary; his sons, Michael and John, both mechanical engineers; daughter, Anne; and his older brother, Ronald Haxby of Denver. He was additionally blessed with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Interment will be in North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud.
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1111 25th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 252-3132
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 12, 2018
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