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Roger H. Tessman

Roger H. Tessman, age 84, of Plymouth, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011 with his loving wife Jean (Peggy) by his side. 

Roger was born April 5, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Herman and Dorothy ( Strauch) Tessman.  He proudly served in the U. S.  Navy, 1945-1946.

Roger dedicated his working life to the sport of bowling.  As Federation Internationale des Quilleurs President from 1984 to 1995, Roger worked tirelessly to gain Olympic recognition for the sport.  He led the movement to have bowling gain membership in the United States Olympic Committee in 1984 and two years later he was instrumental in gaining recognition for the sport in the Pan American Games. 

He started his service to bowling at the local level serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater St. Paul Bowling Association and was elected the Executive Director of the 20,000 member organization in 1958.  In 1960 he accepted employment in Milwaukee with the national governing body for the sport of bowling, the American Bowling Congress.  During a 29 year career at ABC he rose through the ranks to become CEO / Executive Secretary-Treasurer from 1983 to 1989.

He is an honored member of the Ozaukee County, the St. Paul, MN and the United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame and was a 51 year participant in the ABC (now USBC) National Bowling Championship Tournaments.

He is survived by his wife Jean M. (Robinson) Tessman; son Michael J.R. (Carol E.)Tessman, of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and their children Clare and Aaron; son Bill (Carol J.) Tessman of Plymouth and their children Kimberly and Steven; brother Jerry (Gail) Tessman of Amery, Wisconsin and their children Vicky, Beth, and Erich.

The Tessman family wishes to thank the staff of Libby’s house in Plymouth, and the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for their kind and compassionate support.

In honoring Roger's wishes, a private family gathering will be held in the near future.  Interment will be at the Fort Snelling National Veterans Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Memorials can be made to Libby’s House or the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

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Services Rendered by: Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Services

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