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Rodger Harry Denny

12/23/1947 - 11/28/2019

Rodger Harry Denny, born December 23, 1947 passed peacefully into Heaven on Thursday November 28, 2019.  His final days were spent with loving family and friends.

He was born the 2nd of 7 children to Donald and Mary Lou Denny.

As a child of an Air Force family, he lived at several military bases. Rodger graduated from Balboa High in Panama in 1966 and after some college he entered the Air Force serving 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1971. He served in Korea and at Minot Air Force base.

He was once married to Jill Thorstenson and to that union they welcomed their daughter, Laurie in 1974.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Douglas Denny.

Rodger began his Credit Union career in Bismarck ND and later as President of Town and Country Credit Union in Minot ND. During his career he was on National Credit Union Boards (Cuna Mutual) and involved with the ND Credit Union League as President for several years.

He married his wife Ruth in 2000 and when retired, they spent winters in Arizona, hiking and camping throughout the SW with friends. Summers were spent at their home on Lake Sakakawea, sailing the beautiful waters there as often as possible. They were blessed to have a wonderful group of ‘boat friends’ and shared epic adventures with them, along with so many wonderful neighbors and friends. He never turned down a chance to pitch in and help anyone who needed him. His ‘yard passion’ often drew others to consult with him on how to repeat his success with the beautiful green lawns he loved.  He was a sailor, golfer, hunter, avid traveler, and nature enthusiast. Most of all he loved his daughter, his wife, his extended family and friends. He touched so many people and will be all remembered by all.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Ruth, his daughter Laurie (Trent) Drennan and grandson Ryder of Blanchard Oklahoma, his stepsons Michael Ploof and significant other Christa of Gilbert Az, Kevin Ploof (Natalie) of Minot ND, grandchildren Cory, Jessie, Ryan, Ashley, Victoria, Bethany, Noah, Noelle, Landon and Sutton Ploof, his sister Barb (John) Dyer, brother David (Leslie) Denny, sister Donna (Bill) Hesser, brother Steve and sister Nancy (Marc) Gilliland and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Calvary Free Lutheran Church, 590 N 96th St Mesa Az. on Friday, December 27, 2019, at 10:00 am. A future service to be held in the summer at Lake Sakakawea, Pick City ND.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of choice, or Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org).


  • Judith Haubrich

    ROGER WAS ONE IN A MILLION. We will all miss him so. and I did thank him for loving my sister Ruth
    Ruth is the Lucy one .

  • Paul & Anne Nyren

    Anne and I are so sorry for your lost. We so enjoyed the time we spent with Rodger and Ruth on the lake. He was always there to lend a hand.

  • Sailors do not die. They just fade away seems to be appropriate for our two sailors. Memories last. Condolences,Ruth.

  • Jim and Virginia mcadoo

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss deepest sympathy to all

  • Michelle Peterson

    Ruth, Laurie and family; I am sorry to hear of Rodger’s passing. He taught me a lot about financial numbers. RIP in peace Rodger and my condolences to all of you.

  • Ruth, My deepest condolences to you and the family. Roger was such a joy to interact and bowl with back in the day. So glad you had the time to enjoy each other for all those years. God’s Blessings to you. Brian

  • Helen Schestler

    Our deepest sympathy to Roger’s family. From the ladies of Classique Look, Becky Blada, Carla Wack, Helen Schestler and Lori Raub.

  • Marilyn & Ken Gsrrett

    A lovely warm person that Ken & I were just getting to know; Praying for your strength & guidance, Ruth. Hope to see you next summer.

  • My sympathies to Ruth and Family. Always enjoyed my time on the board during Rodgers tenure. And it was so enjoyable having him on the bowling team.

  • Randy and Holly Arneson

    We enjoyed that sail boat ride when Randy was on the Credit Union Board. Our sympathy and prayers to Ruth and family.

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