RODGER F. HEIDGERKEN
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Rodger, age 84, beloved husband of June, passed away peacefully at Royal University Hospital on Thursday morning, September 26, 2013. He is loved and remembered by his wife, June (nee Rybka); son, George (Lynn) Heidgerken; daughters, Trish (Dave) Dixon, Beth (Gerald) Backer, Sheila (Graham) Gerwing and Joanne (Jeff Wiebe) Heidgerken; 13 grandchildren, Michelle and Rodger Heidgerken, Heidi (Craig) Cancade; Sarah (Brendon) Vick; Leah (PJ) Clark; Douglas Dixon (Mark), Lara and Kit Backer; Kris Gerwing (Kelsey) and Jill Gerwing (Joe); Roman, Gavin and Elsa Wiebe; three great- grandchildren, Daneya, Jazlyn Vick and Lily Gerwing; sister, Helen (Walter "Buck") Flythe; and aunt Agnes Zintel. Rodger was born in Humboldt, SK on July 23, 1929 to George and Rose (Hallett) Heidgerken. He was schooled in Humboldt up to grade 8 and attended high school at Campion College in Regina, SK. He fell in love and married June Rybka, a Lab Technician from Prince Albert, on September 15, 1956. He graduated from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan in 1956. He apprenticed at Macbean and Marshal Pharmacy. He later bought Bell's which he and June operated as Rodger's Drug Store on Broadway Avenue for 30 years. Rodger always wanted a large family and dearly loved the one he had with June. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the Heidgerken family cottage in Waskesiu. Once retired, he and June travelled extensively to locations throughout the world. In his spare time he loved to play cards, curl, bowl, go to the movies and Persephone Theatre. He was a knight belonging to Knights of Columbus Council #5104 and was a founding member of the Broadway Business Association. He valued education and played an active role in the schooling of all his children and grandchildren. It was always obvious to his family that he and June loved each other dearly and they continue to feel the warmth of that love. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 30th, at St. Philip Neri Parish (corner of Taylor Street and Munroe Avenue). Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306-978-5200)
Mourning Glory Funeral Services
1201 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2013