Roger Julius Malm

June 11, 1932September 22, 2021

Roger Julius Malm passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 with his family by his side.

Born on June 11, 1932 to Swedish immigrants, Julius Albert and Esther Marie (Isackson) Malm in Gothenburg, Nebraska, Roger was raised in Central City, Nebraska with his siblings Margaret (Ed Block), Ellen (Wes Traudt), Harold (Sandra) and Donald (Betty). The family lived on a farm raising corn, pigs, chickens, work horses and Holstein cattle “that produced 6 gallons of milk a day that they separated for cream to sell at market”. It was a good life.

In high school, Roger was a track star, football running back and forward in basketball. He joined the Air Force after football season in college. Roger married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jane Sinsel, and they had five daughters, Pamela (Patrick McNeill), Rebecca (Greg Erdelyan), Julie (Todd Kreitzinger), Michelle (Duane Bushway) and Dana (Paul Martin). The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Estes Park, Colorado and eventually moved and raised their family in Denver, Colorado. They later relocated to Dallas, Texas and finally to Atlanta, Georgia. Roger and Barbara were married for 57 loving years before Barbara passed away in 2009. She was forever his sweetheart.

Roger lived life to the fullest and knew no strangers. Growing up on a farm gave him a love for the outdoors and a strong work ethic. He became a successful franchisee and independent business owner in the automotive parts business for many years until his retirement. His love for automobiles was evident with his collection of cars in his younger years starting with a Model T that his dad would not let him keep. “Take it back!” So he did. And he replaced it with a yellow Model A with a rumble seat. Gary Jensen talks about going on a double date with Roger and Barbara with Gary in the rumble seat. He was a good friend and the brother of Carolyn, our beloved 93 year old aunt. Gary also sang “Ava Maria” at Roger and Barbara’s wedding. Those were the days!

Roger had a uniquely genuine spirit and always placed his family as his top priority. He adored his family, especially those grandchildren: Christopher, Sarah, Lara, Austin (Kara), Sophia, Kate (Jake Dossett), Maisey, Emily, Lauren (Tyler Salsbury), Hannah, Joseph and Kahle. He held an extra special place in his heart for his great grandchildren: Jackson, Ava and Sofie. If you ever wanted to see his eyes light up, they were the ones to do it! “Papa” loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren very much and was so proud of each of them.

We loved our Dad and Papa and miss him dearly. We know how very blessed we all are to have had such a close and special relationship with him. He has given us a great legacy to follow. Thank you Dad, Papa…rest in peace. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

“The memory of a good person is a blessing.” Proverbs 10:7

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to die; a time to plant; and a time to pluck up what is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

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  • Austin Bushway
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  • Greg Erdelyan
  • Todd Kreitzinger
  • Joseph Martin
  • Chris McNeill
  • Patrick McNeill
  • Tyler Salsbury


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    Tuesday, September 28, 2021


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James Sinsel

September 28, 2021

Roger was an optimist. Whenever I needed a lift from Life's challenges, my thoughts often went to Barbara and Roger.

If there is a heaven, certainly both are reunited there now.

Thank you Roger, for being such a positive influence in my life.

Jim Sinsel

Gary Jensen

September 28, 2021

Rog, we will certainly miss you (and Barbara) ....we had some
great times Central City...and later, in Denver!
You both will always be in our thoughts and prayers!

Gary & Kathleen

Patrick McGhee

September 27, 2021

Our deepest condolences to all of Roger's family. Many years ago in Denver, Roger, Barbara, and their children were a great part of my life. Back then, it was clear that Roger was a very good man with a bigger than life personality. And now, from a distance, it is easy to see that Roger had a charmed and rewarding life surrounded by his loving and very large family. Truly a life well lived! Well done Roger!

Pat McGhee and Mary Byron
Denver, Colorado

Julie Kreitzinger

September 27, 2021

What a wonderful Dad and “Papa” who lived life fully. I am so thankful for his guidance and loving spirit through the years, and especially thankful for his friendship. He lead our family well and gave us an appreciation for life while showing us a good time in the midst of it. Thank you for the wonderful memories Dad - they will be cherished. Give Mom a kiss from us. Love you 🙏

Shelli Bushway

September 27, 2021

Such a loving Dad, Papa, and Grand Papa. Friend to all. A humble man with a generous spirit and a stranger to no one. We miss you terribly and love you so much!

Grace Godfrey

September 24, 2021

Can't forget the smile of all times of Mr Roger. RIP dear Roger. My prayers are with you the family.
Grace Godfrey

Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery & Mausoleum

September 23, 2021

The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Malm Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.