He was born Oct. 18, 1948, in St Paul, Minn. to Gordon and Clara (Fleischman) Benson. Roger attended Mayo High School graduating in 1969. In November 1974 he married Mary Jane Mc Farland in Theilman, Minn. Roger and his family moved to Freeburg in 1978 and started a dairy farm. Roger and Mary Jane later divorced; he was then married to Tommi Thangpan in 2004. Roger retired from Crescent Printing Company as head maintenance man. He loved helping people fix things; this is how he earned the nickname Mr. Fix It. Roger enjoyed traveling; he visited The Bahamas, Belize, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Thailand. After Roger retired, he moved to Hawaii and built a home. In 2007 he moved to Bullhead City, Ariz. While living in Bullhead City he made frequent trips to Lake Havasu to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take his dogs Lucy and Happy on walks.
Survivors include wife Tommi (Thangpan) Benson, Mary Jane Benson and three children, Sunny (Brian) Lange, Dorchester, Iowa; Ali (Joseph) Jennings, Caledonia, Minn. and Heather (Travis) Klingaman, Madison, Wis.; four grandchildren, Noah and Lydia Jennings, Garner and Cael Lange; and his sister, Susan (Joe) Wright, Birmingham, Ala.
Roger was preceded in death by his father Gordon Benson and mother Clara Benson.
An open house celebration of life will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center in New Albin, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, all memorials will be donated to the La Crescent Animal Rescue.