Dr. Arthur Raymond "Doc" Roseberg, 95, passed away on April 9, 2011, at the Walker Methodist Nursing Home in Minneapolis.
"Doc" was a towering pioneer in introducing the practice of veterinarian medicine in North Dakota and was beloved by many farmers, townspeople, and ranchers for his tireless efforts and countless hours in providing veterinarian care for their pets and livestock. He was a founder of Stockmen's Supply; named in "Who's Who in Veterinary Medicine"; active on the local school boards and health departments in Fargo and West Fargo,; and gave freely of his time and formidable energy to the Masonic Order, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church and Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fargo for many years. "Doc" is missed by friends and colleagues throughout the country.
Arthur was born May 23, 1915, in Malmo, Minn., shortly after his parents and older siblings emigrated from Sweden. He began his life in a tar paper shack on the family homestead, a dairy farm, very close to Lake Mille Lacs. In time, he assisted his father and brothers in building the largest home and barn in the area, which remains standing to this day. The Roseberg Farm is still owned and operated by the family. Art was a committed student who walked many miles to school, and during the Great Depression of the 1930's he lived in a boarding house in town to attend high school. He received a BS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1941, just before heading off to WWII. Following his military service, he received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1945. He completed his Master of Science degree at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Ill. While teaching undergrad science classes at Northwestern Medical School, he met the love of his life, Helen Hollis, and they were married in 1947. Art, Helen and their four children lived in several locations in Minnesota and North Dakota as his veterinarian career advanced. He practiced veterinarian medicine full time for many years in the Fargo area.
Art was predeceased by his wife, Helen, and his seven siblings. He is survived by his four children: Robin R. (Christopher) Brookes and Helen "Holli" Roseberg, both Minneapolis; Ruth (Tom) Roseberg-Evans, Chicago; and J. Neil (Susan) Roseberg, Andover, Minn. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sarah (John), Nathan, Daniel, Yasmin, Joshua, Kelsey and Betsey; and his great-grandchildren Aidan, Tallulah, and Daschel.
A memorial service to celebrate Art's life is scheduled for June 4, at 2 p.m., at Walker Methodist Health Center, 3737 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn., 55409. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Walker Methodist Health Center (612-827-5931) or the Macular Degeneration Center at the University of Minnesota (612-626-2452). "Doc" will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with his beloved wife Helen, who was also a military veteran.