Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Roger Paul Wick, was born July 27, 1963 to Harold (Zip) and Elaine Wick. Roger Paul “Loose” lived his entire 55 years on the Wick family farm. Roger loved farming, ranching, and family. Living life to the limits, his philosophy of life was “Hammer Down”. On September 11th in a well-known gathering spot on the farm overlooking a pasture, his cattle quietly grazing, he ended his life. The rustling of the wind through the cottonwoods at that time and place offer quiet solace to his grieving family.
Although depression encumbered his last few years, family and friends remember a Roger of happier times. A farmer from birth, his boots were always parked right next to his dads. He rode shotgun in the old pickup truck until he was able to take the wheel himself. After Zip and Elaine retired, Roger bought the farm. He expanded the acreage and was an early advocate for natural beef production. He sought business opportunities and developed a personal network of customers to market his natural beef. When he wasn’t farming, baling hay or riding herd on his prize cattle, he hunted, gardened exotic vegetables, and delivered Loose Meat around the country. He made the best darn dill pickles ever and played a mean game of pinochle. He surrounded himself with trophy game. A big horn sheep hunt in the North Dakota Badlands in 2002 ended successfully with a ram he named Hank, a once in a lifetime moose hunt in the Turtle Mountains filled the freezer and in 2009 he received the North Dakota Limousin Commercial Beef Producer of the year award at the Minot State Fair.
Colorful Western shirts, tight fitting wranglers, boots and a hat, his slim, 6 foot presence always brightened family gatherings when he rolled in with a cooler full of homemade sausage, Loose Meat and home canned goods.
He is missed by brothers Ron, Harold (Lorra, Harrison), Rudy (Kathy, Kelsey, Sean, Emery, Jacob), Howard (Sarah, Grace, Lilly, Lane), Tim (Stacie, Andrew, Zachary, Nathan, Rose Mae, Eleanor, Trinity) and sisters LaDonna (Erling, Patricia, Simon, Godddaughter Natalie, Joe, Stephanie, Mark), Sandy (Merle, Kimberly, Mike, Alexis, Remington, Samantha, Eric, Lisa, Riley, Tucker, Cassie), Joni (Whitney, his Godson Hunter, Nakoia), Sarah (Andre), Tracy (Dan, Casey, Tom, Carter, Josephine) Kristina and Melissa (Keith, Erin, Jordan).
Roger passed from this life into the arms of his loving parents who preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers or monetary donations, his family requests support for suicide prevention programs.
Rogers Celebration will be held Wednesday, September 19th at 1:00PM at Merle & Sandy Longneckers Farm
1 mile south of New Rockford on Hwy. 281 and then turn East on 17th St. for 2 1/2 miles.
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