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Roger Semmens

Roger Allen “Butch” Semmens, 69, of Carrington, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Roger was born to James and Clare (McCreary) Semmens on February 22, 1950 in Carrington, ND and graduated from Carrington High School in 1968.

He attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton for one year where he majored in diesel mechanics.  In 1969 Roger graduated from Bismarck Junior College Lineman’s School.  He then worked at Tri-County Electric REC until 1989.  In 1990 Roger began his career with Otter Tail Power Company as lead lineman with the high voltage bucket truck.  They were commonly known as the Hotline Crew.

On May 8, 1999 he married Susie Daugherty of Carrington and made his home in rural Carrington until the time of his death.

In his younger years Roger enjoyed fast cars and drag racing.He was always telling jokes and teasing family and friends with a smile on his face.

Roger enjoyed time driving his team of Percheron Draft Horses (Bill and Sam) with the Circle Trail Riding Organization.  He loved giving rides to anyone that wanted or needed him to, on covered wagons and winter sleigh rides.  Roger could drive anything from wooden to rubber wheeled wagons that went behind his team of horses.

After retiring, Roger enjoyed spending his time having coffee and conversation with his many friends and special friend, Roger Westby.

Roger is survived by his wife, Susie, Carrington; daughters, Ginger (Mike) Westfall, Columbus, NE, and Robin (Jeff) Carter, Blaine, MN; step-daughters, Mindy Daugherty, Carrington, Nicole (Russ) Shahin, Williston, Amber (Dusty) Horejsi, Pingree, and Karri Daughterty, Carington, ND; 13 grandchildren, Colton, Cash, Cain, Cody, Isaiah, Sawyer, Shelby, Bradyn, Grayson, Maggie, Keith, Tommy and Kayson; one great-grandson, Mateo; siblings, Connie (Steve) Speldrich, Sykeston, Larry (Sue) Semmens, Jacksonville, FL, and Mark (Vicky) Semmens, Mesa, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Brian Semmens.


Visitation will be Wednesday from 9AM-7PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:30AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry Susie!
    Roger was a good person and will be greatly missed.

  2. We are so sorry.hugs to the family.

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. Butch was a wonderful, dear, lifelong friend to my Dad! He will be forever missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Roger will truly be missed by everyone, especially his coffee club guys. Prayers going your way.

  5. So very sorry to hear of Butch’s passing.
    He was a good guy and remember a lot of fun we had many years ago when we were both much younger!
    He always made you laugh and always would say HI when we saw each other no matter how busy he was. He will most definitely be missed by many.

    May our Dear Lord bless him,his family, and friends in their time of sorrow.

  6. So sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Our condolences to all of his family. May God be with during this sad time.

  7. So Sorry for your loss our sympathy is with the family, Butch was an excellent person, and was a friend to everyone he meet, and would always give you a helping hand if you needed it, he was a brother to my sister-in-law but I remember him well and it was always a joy when he would come to the farm to visit, Butch will surely be missed by everyone.

  8. Susie

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know Roger – I know without a doubt he HAD to be a good person because I know you and know he too,would be a wonderful, kind and generous person and, Eileen has always spoken so highly of him! Cherish your memories and know you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. So sorry for your loss. We remember when he bought our red dune buggy.

  10. Rog, you could make a person laugh when they didn’t want to. Thanks for brightening our lives, and giving us a reason to smile.

  11. You are all in my prayers right now. So glad I got the chance to get to know him. He was a great guy. Trimming horses out there was always fun when he was around. So many stories he had such a great sense of humor!


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