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Roger Darrel Hallum — Austin

AUSTIN — Roger Darrel Hallum of Vancouver, Wash., died July 1, 2009, of complications from leukemia, at Sunnyside-Kaiser Hospital in Portland, Ore.

Roger was born in Austin on Feb. 8, 1939, to Elmer Alfred and Anna (Cole) Hallum. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Roger graduated from Austin High School in 1957, and from Mankato State University in 1961 with a degree in education. He taught speech and drama at St. Ansgar High School, and later LeMars High School, both in Iowa.

Roger was married to Sharon Sathrum in St. Ansgar in 1964. They had two children, Randall and Kourtney. In 1975 the family moved to McMinnville, Ore., where Roger was employed by World Book Encyclopedia Inc. In 1983, after a divorce, Roger moved to Portland, where he was employed by the National Federation of Independent Business. He later sold real estate in Portland and Vancouver.

Roger enjoyed golf, playing bridge, and skiing (racing) with the Bergfreunde Ski Club of Portland. He traveled to many bridge tournaments throughout the country. The journey of life took Roger out of teaching, which he later regretted. In his retirement, he found a way back to his love of teaching by becoming a beloved bridge instructor in the Vancouver and Beaverton communities.

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Roger is survived by his son, Randall (Jenny) Hallum of Tucson, Ariz.; and daughter, Kourtney (Kevin) Ferrua of McMinnville; grandchildren, Eva Marie and Dylan Curtis Ferrua; sisters, Grace Ferguson and Donna (Willard) Blaser of Austin, and Joyce (Jack) Shepherd of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Audrey Hallum of Austin; dear friend, Norma Demarais of Beaverton, Ore.; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Earl Hallum.

A memorial service was held in Vancouver on July 8.

Memorials may be sent to the McMinnville Education Foundation, Juliette’s House (children’s shelter) in McMinnville, or St. Olaf Lutheran Church building fund in Austin.

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