Roger Klock

Roger Klock


April 2, 1942 - July 15, 2023


Roger Klock, 81, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 27, at Northridge Baptist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Emery Community Cemetery in Emery. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 26, from 5-7:00 PM at the church with a 6:00 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Roger Fredrick Klock was born on April 2, 1942 to Fred and Loretta Klock in Emery, South Dakota. He was involved in Track and Football while attending Emery High School. His mom Loretta (Fowler) Klock passed when he was just 13 years old, and his father Fred Klock passed away when he was just 23 years old. His stepmom Lucille (Triebwasser) Klock continued to support his family until her passing in 1999.

Roger took over the Pioneer Seed Corn sales for the Emery area when his father Fred passed in 1965 and carried the torch for that brand for 50 years until his retirement. He was preceded in his efforts by his grandfather, George Klock, who started the three generations of seed corn sales, all under the Pioneer brand. Terry Hanssen of Emery, who was a long time employee of Roger's is now holding that business.

He was married to his high school sweetheart Karen (Decker) Klock in 1962 and they had 4 boys - Brian, Chad, Troy, and Tony. Karen worked at the Security State Bank before helping with the family businesses. Married 32 years they later divorced in 1994 and Karen eventually moved to the Phoenix area.

Roger worked as a young man for E.D. "Hit" Mayer of Emery at Mayer Oil who supplied tractor tires, fuel, LP gas, oil changes and more to the Emery area clients right out of high school. He then bought the business on a contract for deed from E.D. Mayer in 1974. Roger told "Hit" he would take all the after-hours calls and holiday fuel deliveries in an effort to support his young family. "Hit" became much like a second father and business mentor to Roger throughout the years.

Everyone knew of his love for cool cars and motorcycles since his high school days. His efforts with his C10 big block Chevrolet truck at Thunder Valley Dragways in Marion, SD was the "legal" side of it. Roger was famous for knowing where and what was available all around the area in used or new cars. He made many trips to Sturgis motorcycle rally, Daytona and there was never a shortage of 750 Hondas in the driveway back in the day. His passion for Emery and the surrounding communities found Roger serving on the boards of many entities to provide his knowledge and experience.

Most well known for his "save the day" efforts in blizzards to provide fuel, get vehicles unstuck or people to safety through his team at R-K Oil. Roger fed into the lives of many young farmers whom he became friends with at fuel deliveries and the occasional Tootsie Roll or Dum-Dum lollipop from under the gas truck seat. His relationships continued until his passing as he was always ready to listen and provide advice on cars, tires, or seed corn.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Mitchell; four children, Brian (Vanessa) of Mitchell, SD, Chad (Jill) of Arcadia, AZ, Troy (Kristina) of Arcadia, AZ, and Tony (Amy) of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Erika (Tyler) and their daughter Thea, Karlee (Tanner) and their son Karona, Ashyln, Kargo, Cruise, Chase, Tatum, Sydney, Maxwell, Masin and his son Oliver, Matt, and Miles; sister, Rhonda (Klock) Kooiman of Elk Point; and nieces, Lori, Allison, and Jennifer Sather and their families. He is also survived by Linda's daughter Maegan (Noel) and their son Jaden, her son Maurice (Jennifer) and their daughter Giniya. He also had one God daughter, Samantha Hartman of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Jim Kooiman (2012).


Wednesday, July 26, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM Prayer Service

Northridge Baptist Church
323 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, July 27, 2023
10:30 AM
Northridge Baptist Church
323 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by Patti Ibis on July 29, 2023
Chad, Troy, Brian and Tony,: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You are all in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time.
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on July 28, 2023
Our condolences to the Klock family.
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on July 28, 2023
Our condolences to the Klock family.
Posted by Dave Skalberg on July 27, 2023
A true friend with a heart of gold. Rest easy my friend. Condolences to the Klock family.
Posted by Myles Konopasek on July 24, 2023
Thoughts and prayers for the Klock family. Roger impacted many people with his smile and sincerity. I cherish the memories of working with Roger for many years with Pioneer. His positive attitude, creativity, friendship, and caring for people will never be forgotten.
Posted by Jim Beine on July 24, 2023
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Klock family.
Posted by Keith and Lisa Johnson on July 22, 2023
Our since sympathies, your father was a great man! He will be missed.
Posted by Milton Schrader on July 21, 2023
I extend my sympathy to the Klock family. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Dawn & Vern Schrader on July 18, 2023
Thoughts & Prayers for the Klock family.
Posted by Ron & Bonnie Sogn Scottsdale AZ on July 18, 2023
Brian & Troy sorry for the lost of your Father
Posted by Scott Brown on July 17, 2023
So sorry to hear of Roger's passing ....he was a great sympathies to the family
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