Lifelong Alaskan Roger Grant Stenberg passed suddenly from this earth on June 25, 2012, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, from a heart attack.
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Roger was born on June 21, 1946, to Stanley "Swede" Stenberg and Louise Stenberg in Fairbanks.
He was the second eldest of five brothers and one sister and attended Fairbanks schools, including Denali and Main Junior High, and graduated from Lathrop High School.
Roger attended Hutchison Career Center studying culinary arts and also worked on a variety of jobs in Fairbanks over the years. Roger worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline and other construction projects in the Interior out of the Laborer's Union hall. For a time, he worked at Northland Wood as a laborer and yard man. Roger also volunteered regularly at the local Food Bank and also at the Lutheran Church helping to package and deliver food packages to the needy in the community. Roger was a regular attendee of church services at the Fairbanks Lutheran Church and is fondly remembered by members of the congregation.
Roger could frequently be seen walking the roads and trails all over the Tanana Valley and would frequently cover more than 10 miles in a day, winter or summer. He loved to spend time out in the hills north of Fairbanks where the family had mineral claims. As Roger was an avid wood carver, he would gather and bring back pieces of diamond willow to carve into lamps, walking sticks, and other creations.
Roger lived the past seven years at the "Eye to Eye" Assisted Living Facility in Anchorage. Even though he was not in Fairbanks at the end, he always loved the Tanana Valley and wanted to return to his home.
Roger was preceded in death by his father, Stanley, his sister, Lana, and nephews Kjell and Eric Jr. He is survived by his mother, Louise, brothers Stanley and Eric, of Fairbanks, and brothers Jon Paul, of Fallbrook, Calif. and brother Lester of Battle Creek, Mich., as well as more than 40 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Aug. 22, at the Fairbanks Lutheran Church at 10th and Cowles. A brief reception will be held afterwards at the church. Roger's ashes will be scattered on the hills and trails he loved so dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations should be made to the Fairbanks Lutheran Church Construction Fund.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 19, 2012