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November 26, 1964 – Friday, June 1, 2012

Service Information
Redby Community Center/Red Lake Reservation
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Redby Community Center/Red Lake Reservation
Mon., 6/4 & Tues. 6/5
beginning at 5:00 P.M.

Roger Albert Ravensborg Sr. “AkiiWinini (Earth Man), 47 of Redby , Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Red Lake IHS Hospital.

He was born on November 26, 1964 in Bemidji , Minnesota the son of Roger Ravensborg and Francis (Rushman) Smith.

On November 8, 1991, Roger married the “Love of his Life” Ardella Clark.

Roger was self employed as an auto mechanic and logger.

Roger loved fishing, hunting and particularly being with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed giving them nicknames and always had one of them on his lap. He was always busy, but never to busy to find time for family and friends.

Roger also liked working on cars and small engines. He and Ardella liked traveling to the casino.

Survived by his wife Ardella; four sons: Shane Clark, Roger Jr., Michael and Ryan Ravensborg; three daughters: Shayna (Clark), Darilyn and Daisha Ravensborg; eleven grandchildren; five brothers: Thomas Ravensborg, Virgil Ravensborg, Michael Ostland Sr., Gordon and Mark Smith; and by a sister: Sherry Ostlund.

Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Jack & Emma Rushman, paternal grandfather: Ollie Smith, mother: Francis Rushman, an aunt: LeoJean Rushman, an uncle: Henry Rushman and by a grandson: Ayden Strong.

Traditional Funeral Services for Roger will be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at The Redby Community Center. Interment will follow at the family Resident Cemetery on the Red Lake Reservation.

All night wakes will be held at The Redby Community Center on Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th beginning at 5:00 P.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Darilyn Ravensborg, Shayna Clark, Daisha Ravensborg, Kristine “Tubby” Oakgrove, Renee Clark, Sherry Ostlund, Cherai Clark, Ruth Wind and Alternate Chari Laduke.

Casket Bearers will be Roger “Jun” Ravensborg Jr., Michael Ravensborg, Ryan Ravensborg, Shane Clark, Mike Ostlund, Virgil Ravensborg, Thomas Ravensborg, Patrick Norquay and Alternate Clayton Strongar.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted , Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Dennis Brovold

    To the family and friends of Roger; I got to know Roger through serving him as one of his pharmacists at Sanford Pharmacy. He was a great inspiration to me! He fought that damn cancer so hard. When I asked him how he could keep going, he said, “it is for my family and grandchildren.”
    Dennis Brovold, Sanford Pharmacy


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