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Roger James Salo

04/26/1954 - 10/23/2019

Roger James Salo, 65, of Babbitt passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019. A Memorial service will be held Friday, November 1, 2019 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 2:00 pm with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Pastor Roth will officiate. Following the service a Celebration of Life will be from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Hide-A-Way in Babbitt, MN. Burial will be at the Argo Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

Roger was born April 26, 1954 in Winton, MN to Roger and Barbara (Nelson) Salo. He attended JFK High School where he played football and hockey, graduating in 1972. He served in the Navy from 1972 to 1974. He attended Dunwoody College, graduating in 1976.

Roger worked as a FCC general radio and telephone operator and engineer, electrician, instrumentation analyst, and air quality pollution control analyst for Minnesota Power for 30 years. He also worked at CH2M Hill from 2013-2014, and was a commercial fisherman in Alaska from 2007-2013.

He was a NRA life member. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 535 and 1539, Masonic Lodge 239, Instrument Society of America, and Air and Water Management Association.

Roger was an avid fisherman, hunter, shooter, trapper, and outdoors man. He enjoyed golfing, bowling pool and darts. He was a farmer and a socialite. Roger was a grandfather, father, brother, coach, and friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger William Salo in 2003.

Survivors include two children, David Salo of Mt. Iron and Laurel Salo of Plymouth, MN; one grandchild, Thomas Salo of Mt. Iron; two brothers, Russell Salo of Embarrass and Bill Smith of Babbitt; two sisters, Kathy Salo of Babbitt and Cynthia (Frank) Dilegame of Prescott Valley, AZ; and mother, Barbara Nelson of Babbitt.

11 thoughts on “Roger James Salo”

  1. Jan Lahtonen says:

    May the grace of God comfort you all. We are all going to miss Roger’s smile and comforting presence. So many memories, all good. Rest in.peace Roger. We will meet again. Jan and Debbie

  2. Melanie Ahlquist says:

    Sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a friend and fellow Babbittite. My sympathy to his family and closest friends.

  3. Terri Schneider says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourselves – I will definitely try to get to Virginia for his memorial… Love – Sis Terri

  4. Susan Lake says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Laurel, I know how much you loved your Dad…May you have sweet memories and may he Rest In Peace. Sending Love & Light to you and yours. Susan & Cliff

  5. Sandie Tomczyk says:

    So sorry for the loss of a wonderful person. May God comfort you.

  6. Bill and Sue Dunkley says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  7. Jim & Mary Monte says:

    RIP Roger! You will always be missed. Our prayers goes out to Rogers’ family during this difficult time and know that he touched many with his smile!!

  8. Brian LaFrenier says:

    Condolences to the family. Roger was a great guy and fellow classmate. I’ll always remember his smile and his jokes.

  9. Kerry Roen says:

    Deepest condolences from myself and the members of Eveleth Masonic Lodge. I wish I could make the service, but work obligations will not allow me. I am sure there will be members of our fraternity attending. I will keep you in our prayers.

  10. kevin kappes says:

    kevin and therese kappes

  11. Don & Max Lundquist/ Ottertail, Mn says:

    Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family of Roger Salo. We did not know him personally but our friendship with his son Dave & grandson Thomas showed what a great guy he had to have been and why they loved him. There is no doubt that he will be missed by all that knew him and especially those who were able to call him their friend. He is gone now but never forgotten.
    Rest in peace now Roger.

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Friday 11/01/2019 at 2:00 PM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 1:00 PM A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Hide-A-Way in Babbitt