Roger Arthur Mustonen, 73, Woman Lake, Minn., was born in Brainerd, Minn., on June 24,
1938. He was one of five children in the family of Rudolph and Irma Mustonen and lived with them near South Long Lake. He was received into God’s Kingdom through Holy Baptism and affirmed his faith on his confirmation day at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd. On Dec. 19, 2011, Roger was called from this life at Bethany Good Samaritan in Brainerd. Memorial Services will be held Jan. 7, 2012, at the Longville Community Church beginning with visitation at 10 a.m. and services following at 11 a.m.
Roger grew up in the South Long Lake area and graduated from Washington High School in 1956. In 1957 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Much of his three years of military service was spent in the Asia Pacific area. Following active duty, Roger continued to volunteer with the Marine Corps Auxiliary. During that time he attended Dunwoody Institute studying surveying and received his certification as a professional land surveyor. His 52 years as Land Surveyor began with the U. S. Department of Interior. Following several years with the Department of Interior he opened his surveying office in the Woman Lake area and continued surveying until recently. His ongoing education included completing the requirements for Registered Real Estate Sales and Appraisals. The joy and love in Roger’s life was when he met Nancy (Bullock) Lott at the Woman Lake Inn. They were married on Aug. 24, 1980, at Horse Shoe Island on Woman Lake. They both enjoyed the lakes area with the opportunities for fishing and outdoor activities. They were great hosts and truly enjoyed their visits with friends and family who were always welcome in their home.
Roger had a keen interest in finding out more about his Mustonen grandparents.. This led to a trip to Finland with his brother. Completely by surprise they located the Mustonen home and cousins that no one in the family knew about. It was an exciting time of travel and learning about the heritage of his grandparents. Also unexpectedly, the new friendship with cousins in Finland led to meeting more cousins who live in Canada. All of Roger’s family enjoyed their visits with these new found cousins. Roger was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy this past August. His parents Rudolph and Irma Mustonen also preceded him as did his uncles Renne(Elaine) Mustonen, Jack (Gladys) Mustonen, his aunts, Thelma(Allen)Wheeler, Linda (John) Steinback, Alma Jarvinen, Luella (William) Higgins, Clara (Eugene) Baribeau, Eleanor (Roy) Norquist and Irene Stedtfeld and his cousins Jackie Mustonen, Arthur and Junior Wheeler, Kay Freeman and Gerald Holmes.
He is survived by his brothers Richard (Cathy) Mustonen, Dean (Alta) Mustonen; his sisters Joyce (John) Erickson, Marilyn (Jerry) Coleman; his nephews Jeff and Brian Mustonen, Scott Coleman and Tom Erickson; nieces: Sara Mustonen, Kim Larson, and Jane Weber; great nieces; Lauren and Hannah Erickson, Merritt and Rachel Weber, Allison, Caily, Raelynn, Danielle, Alexa and Mackenzie Mustonen, Madison Pitsenbarger and great nephew Christopher Erickson. His cousins include Delbert Wheeler, Margaret Stephens, Arlene Syverson, Linda Soderman, Jean Dalten, Theresa Mustonen, Julie Waterdu, Delores Heard, Ellen Anderson, William Higgins, Warren Holmes, Lynn Klause, Barbara Gevik, Erick Norquist, Kris Hedren and cousins from Finland Aino and Markku Oksala and Ahti and Irma Mustonen, from Canada, Linda and David Jordan. His sister-in-law Patty Herheim, nieces-in-law, Candy (Dennis) Cheney, Barb Bob) Carney, and Pam King, nephews-in-law Bill (Leeann) Herheim, Paul (Cathy) Bullock, and Brad (Mari)Bullock as well as sixteen great nieces and great nephews-in-law
and many friends.