Roger E. Piehl, 81, Brainerd, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at home.
He was born June 21, 1921, in Marion, N.D., to John and Fern Piehl. He graduated from Marion High School and continued his education at University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, until he joined the Army. While stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., he was in charge of organizing and managing an Army orchestra. After his discharge, he continued his education at Valley City State College, graduating with an instrumental music degree. He had several teaching assignments in North Dakota for four years. The next 10 years, he was the superintendent of schools in Wimbledon, N.D., Plummer and Karlstad. In 1963, he took a job at Bemidji State University supervising student teachers. In 1966, the college stationed his supervisory activities in the Brainerd area. He continued with that job until his retirement in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet; a son, John Piehl, Sauk Rapids; three daughters, Jane Gilow, Brainerd, Judy Wildgen, Bemidji, and Diana Giombetti, Hibbing; eight grandchildren; a sister, Yvonne Holmes, Romulus, Mich.; and three brothers, Walter Piehl, Marion, N.D., Donald Piehl, Valley City, N.D., and Howard Piehl, Bismarck, N.D.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd with Pastor Rory Swenson officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Friends may call an hour before services Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements are with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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