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Welcome to the memorial page for

Roger Len Ter Wisscha

June 18, 1957 ~ August 13, 2017 (age 60)

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Roger Ter Wisscha, 60, longtime resident of Sunnyside, passed away late Sunday evening, August 13, 2017, peacefully in his home, with his loving wife by his side.

Never a complainer, Roger would have wanted us to be joyful about the full life he lived, rather than feel sadness for the loss we have experienced. 

Born June 18th 1957, in Lynden WA to Ernie and Rosie, Roger was one of 6 children. Roger is survived by his wife, Erika, and children Chad and Ashley. He is also survived by his parents and brothers, and several nieces and nephews. 

He was a loving husband, dedicated father, caring brother, and good friend to many. It was his love and devotion to family and church, along with his kindness, generosity and lifelong willingness to help, that will always be remembered.

Roger was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent countless hours on the Nooksack River fishing for salmon. His family remembers him as a provider, always filling their plates with game, salmon, crab and a variety of vegetables from his garden. A garden that even in his absence is feeding the mouths of many in his church community.

There are countless stories; some that would warm your heart, some that would bring a tear to your eye, and some that would make you laugh from the bottom of your belly. Whether it was “not wasting any time” with the love of his life, eating cold tongue sandwiches for lunch, pulling a man from a burning truck, catching crabs off the beach with a pitch fork, or driving a hay truck like he stole it; it is certain that Roger lived a full life and touched the hearts of many. Those that knew him best were blessed to have learned many valuable lessons, the most important to live an honest life.

The family wishes to send a warm thank you to Hospice of Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Go Fund Me account that was established to help lessen the financial burden on Roger’s wife Erika.

Please join us in celebrating Roger’s life at United Reformed Church in Sunnyside Wednesday, August 23rd at 10am. The second service will be held at North County Christ the King in Lynden, Tuesday August,  29th at 1pm.

The family asks that you spend time with your children, take a walk with a loved one, celebrate friendships, and not take one single moment for granted. Roger was a young man, he left us too soon; we are thankful for every moment and will forever long for a moment more.  Those wishing to sign Roger’s online memorial book may do so at  Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


 Service Information

Celebration of Life
August 23, 2017

10:00 AM
United Reformed Church
1750 Sheller Rd
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Celebration of Life
August 29, 2017

1:00 PM
North County Christ The King
1816 18th St.
Lynden, WA 98264

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