Roger A. Akland, 85, of Buhl, passed away peacefully on July 7th, 2023.
Roger was born on May 3rd, 1938 in a house across the street from the orchard where he would eventually dedicate a significant portion of his life. He was the cherished son of Art and Ella, who instilled in their four children a strong work ethic and a passion for the land.
Roger attended Northview country school, Buhl Jr. High and Buhl High School. He furthered his education by studying agriculture at University of Idaho and machining at Boise Junior College.
Answering the call to serve his country, Roger enlisted in the Army as a radio operator. He then moved to the Bay area to work as a machinist alongside his brother, Arley.
Seeking new experiences, Roger ventured to Australia for what would become a three-year journey, embracing local culture and meeting Jane, the mother of his two daughters, Leah and Dee.
In time, Roger felt the strong calling to return to his roots and take over the family orchard along the edge of the Snake River Canyon. He dedicated himself to nurturing the land, growing mainly apples, pears, peaches, and cherries. When he wasn’t tending to the orchard, Roger could often be found teaching his girls silly songs like “Jeepers Creepers” and joining them on impromptu picnics among the fruit trees. He also enjoyed working at the farmer’s market, an activity that continued to bring him joy long after he had retired from farming.
He was a devout Lutheran and served as an elder at St. John’s Lutheran Church. His kindness touched the lives of many. He was quick to lend a helping hand and always thought of others’ well-being above his own.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Arley.
He is survived by his sister, Ardella (Bob); his brother, Gerry (Ann); his sister-in-law, Karyl, his daughters Leah and Dee (Andrew), and four grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM July 21st at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buhl.