Our Dad left us on a beautiful Sunday spring morning. Sunday was a very important day to Dad as it was devoted to church and family dinners. Family was extremely important to G-pa. He loved playing Kings in the Corner and reading to his grandchildren which they have passed onto their children.
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Roger was born March 9, 1933 in Morehead Minnesota to Marvel B (Pappy) and Eunice Lien.
Roger graduated from high school in Anchorage, Alaska. Later in life he continued his education, earning several degrees including a Master’s in Education with a minor in Guidance and Counseling. He was the first teacher and counselor for the Alternative Junior High school helping drop out teens find purpose in life.
Roger’s earliest career was a lead mechanic for Alaskan airlines. When returning to Billings he worked as a service manager and mechanic for the Sports Car Center then subsequently as a Parts Representative at Holeman G.M Diesel where he received a National Distinguished Parts Man award. The remainder of his career was spent teaching for Billings Public Schools.
Dad’s interests were many from racing cars in the Black Otter Hill Climbs in his younger years to riding scooters, motorcycles and restoring cars. He took pleasure going to Saturday coffee at Brocopp’s shop talking cars with his buddies. Of all his interests, biking became his passion. People knew who he was from his daily rides around town meeting people along the way. He had an extensive collection of antique bicycles that he restored in his immaculate bike shop of which he was very proud.
Dad had a very strong faith and relationship with the Lord. His church and bible study were very important to him. He was a long standing member of King’s Men at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Dad’s faith was an example to others, always willing to support and teach.
Roger leaves behind 3 daughters Nova Kolander (Dan), Misse Iverson (Jim), Lori Wenckus, 2 brothers Jeff Lien (Madeliene) and Mark Lien. He will be missed by his 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
In celebration of dad’s life, please treat your sweet tooth to one of dad’s many favorites-chocolate milkshakes, chocolate milk, cookies, donuts and mounds bars. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or charity of choice.
We would like to give a special thank you to the caregivers and dining staff at St. Johns Vista for their tender care during the time he spent with them.
A family memorial will be held in dad’s honor. Condolences may be shared with the family at smithfuneralchapels.com