Roger Bruce Tollefson

May 24, 1962March 6, 2019

Roger Bruce Tollefson, 56, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Gering, Nebraska, Wednesday March 6, 2019. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday March 14 at the Hampton Inn in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Burial will immediately follow at Gering West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday March 13 from 1-7 p.m. with family present from 5-7 p.m. at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home, Scottsbluff. Feel free to share your favorite memory and condolences at He was the firstborn son to Garry & Sara (Sally) Tollefson born on May 24, 1962 in Mitchell, South Dakota. Roger grew up in Mt. Vernon, South Dakota. At an early age he helped his dad on the family farm where he developed work ethics that followed him throughout his life. At the age of 18, he married the love of his life, Pamela Jean Swain on September 20, 1980. Three years later they started a family. In 1983 their daughter Tasha was born and in 1985 their son Tyler was born. They were happily married for 38 years. Roger’s first paying job was delivering newspapers, which developed into a lifelong career in the newspaper business for the last 37 years. He started out at the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota as Circulation District Manager. He worked briefly at the Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and shortly thereafter he was promoted to Circulation Director at newspapers in St. George, Utah, Eureka California, and Oxnard, California. His Midwest roots and desire to be closer to family brought him to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1991, where he began working for the Star-Herald. He held positions as the Circulation Director, Director of Operations, General Manager, and most recently named Publisher. He has been the recipient of the Newspaper Association of Americas National Award of Excellence for Community Affairs and Multimedia Events as well as serving as a past member of the NAA’s Update Magazine Committee. For the last 6 years he served on the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past co-chair for Leadership Scotts Bluff and has served on the Scottsbluff Recycling Coalition and Monument Pathways Boards. Roger was passionate about staying physically active, whether it was playing tennis with friends from the Gering Tennis Club, golfing with family and friends, or running in the Nebraska State Games. He also enjoyed Fun Runs with his son, son-in-law and grandsons. He was an avid fisherman and found delight in taking his family camping and fishing. His grandchildren were the sparkle of his eye. He loved spending time with them whether it be a baseball game, basketball game, board or video game or a day at the lake fishing. He enjoyed playing a game of pinochle. If he won, he would never “rub it in” or “keep track”. Going to auctions was one of his favorite hobbies, collecting antique trucks and toys. Roger was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on May 6, 1978 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serving faithfully for over 40 years. He was an encouragement to the congregation, serving as a ministerial servant and elder for many years. Because of his love for people, he volunteered countless hours in the ministry teaching Bible truths about Jehovah God and his promises for a world without pain and suffering. As a result, he impacted many lives in a positive way. His faithful example taught spiritual values to his children and many others. Studying the Bible with others brought him great joy and lasting friendships. Roger loved and was loved by all his family very much. He had a big heart and a unique personality and sense of humor with those who knew him best. He was humble and had a sense of pride in all his accomplishments. Roger is survived by his wife Pamela; daughter Tasha (Jose) Gonzalez and their children Mauricio, Marquel, Malachi, Adric, Avah, and Isaac, of Gering, Nebraska; son Tyler (Amanda) Tollefson and their children Jace and Riley of Fargo, North Dakota; mother Sara (Sally) Tollefson of Mt. Vernon, South Dakota; two sisters Janette (Dan) Block of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Nancy (Don) Gehrke of Luverne, Minnesota; three brothers Richard (Teresa) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Daniel of Sturgis, Michigan; Matthew (Diedre’) of Syracuse, New York; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Daphane Swain of Bagley, Minnesota; several nephews and nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws. Proceeded in death by his father Garry Tollefson; grandparents Lyle and Doreen Tollefson and Frank and Wilma Morgan.


  • Isaac Gonzalez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mauricio Maldonado, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marquel Maldonado, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Malachi Maldonado, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Adric Gonzalez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Avah Gonzalez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jace Tollefson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Riley Tollefson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Raven, Casket Bearer
  • Wayne Lucas, Casket Bearer
  • John Douglass, Casket Bearer
  • Travis Lucas, Casket Bearer
  • Jared Hunt, Casket Bearer
  • Cody Hunt, Casket Bearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

Roger Bruce Tollefson

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Steven Tollefson

March 11, 2019

There are so many memories of my cousin Roger and they almost always involve either Rodney which Jeannette or Todd.. Its true that the first friends you make in life are your cousins Roger was a huge part of my life until he graduated high school and left town. Roger was never on time for school he would run across town do the farm chores then run like crazy to get to school every day you see him run up the center walk and Gary would be waiting for him to tell him he was late the teachers most always gave him a break he would deliver the hot lunches to the Baker township school from our school and I worked the cafeteria during study hall and would help him load and un load and as usual he was always rushed he never seemed to bothered and it never changed. I will always remember this man fondly and with great heartfelt sorrow as if he was my own brother cause often he was as close as a brother a confidant and friend. I Hope Jehovah looks kindly and mercifully on him and all of us.

Jan Quinn

March 10, 2019

I am so sad to hear about the passing of Roger, he was my boss when I worked at the Star Herald. He was very dedicated and loyal to his job and loved his family. When I gave him my resignation so I could move to Wyoming to be with my grandchildren, he supported the importance of family, then the conversation turned to fishing and camping in Wyoming.
My sincere sympathy.
Rest in Peace Roger.

Josh&Jen Berndt

March 10, 2019

Roger & Pamela raised a beautiful family, part of which we now get to enjoy in Fargo South. We are so sorry for your loss! We know that Jehovah misses his friend Roger as well. Death is such an unnatural thing. We so look forward to the time when we will get to hold these loved ones again!! Phil 4:6,7

David Dill

March 10, 2019

Ruth Ann and I send condolences to family and friends of Roger. I had the pleasure of knowing Roger as one of my students and athletes at Mt. Vernon High School. I will always remember Roger as a great student and such a courteous and respectful student. He was an awesome football player. Roger was fast and I have fond memories of watching him outrunning the defense numerous times. Roger surprised me in 1991 while I was at Knotts Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, CA with my daughters. I hear a shout “Coach Dill” and it is Roger with his children on his way from California to Nebraska to take on his next newspaper position. He was as cordial and delightful as I remembered him as a high school student. I am not surprised to see how he had such a positive impact on the many lives he touched. I am fortunate to have known Roger and his classmates from Mt Vernon.

Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Coach Dill
Ruth Ann Dill

Jason VanDyke

March 9, 2019

Roger was a very compassionate person. When I was younger and found myself without a father he took an interest in me and my family drawing us all closer together. He was my friend and a great father and husband to his family and a great father figure for me. I will never forget that. Love you Roger and Pam

John & Kim Wagner

March 9, 2019

Pamela & Family, I'm very sadden to hear of Rogers passing. We send our heartfelt Condolences to you and your family. I worked for Roger for 9 years. He was a great boss. I had a bad car accident while doing my job and the support he gave me and my family I will never forget his kindness. When I would come into the office I always made it a point to stick my head in the door to say hi. We talked about the families the pride he had when he talked about you and the family he just beamed from ear to ear. We are thinking of you all during this time. The Wagner's

Susan Mann (Magdaleno)

March 9, 2019

Roger was my boss when I worked at the Star Herald. He was one of the best bosses I've ever had. He was kind, caring and compassionate. I'm glad I got to visit with him a couple of weeks ago at a ribbon cutting. He will be dearly missed.