Roger Imig 1934 - 2016
Roger Imig was born in Seward Nebraska September 1, 1934 to Elmer and Helen (Kauffman) Imig.
He passed away March 5, 2016.
Roger Imig of Lakeside Nebraska, who founded Imig Herefords with his wife Judy, passed away March 5, 2016. Roger is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy Munn Imig, his children Janyce Imig West (Tess Southard), Mike Imig (Vicki Hoecher), Mary Imig (Robert Schweitzer) and Julie Imig (George Shopp); grandchildren Clare Schweitzer, Jack Schweitzer, Ellen Imig Arkfeld, Grace Imig Arkfeld, Margaret Imig, Madison Imig, Emily Southard, Trystin Gielissen, Zane Gielissen; and sister Shirley Sloup.
Roger is preceded in death by eldest daughter Jean Imig Olsen, daughter in law Darcy Stephens Imig, and parents Elmer and Helen Kauffman Imig.
Roger grew up on a Seward County farm, and he and his sister, Shirley Imig Sloup, drove a pony and cart to country school. He was active in 4-H and FFA, becoming a State Star Farmer. In 1948, his 4-H steer was the champion steer at the Nebraska State Fair. Roger used his proceeds from that steer to buy his first two registered Hereford heifers that were the beginning of Imig Herefords. He graduated from Seward High School in 1952.
Roger married Judy Munn on Nov. 12, 1954. Their three goals were to raise a nice family, have their own ranch and have a good herd of Hereford cattle.
In Seward County, Roger raised row crops and Hereford cattle. He was active in the community and served on several boards. In 1967, the Federal Land Bank awarded the Young Farmer medal to Roger.
In 1968, the Imigs and their young family moved to Cherry County and leased a ranch south of Valentine, where their children went to country school and were active in 4-H and the Nebraska Junior Hereford Association. Imig Herefords' first bull sales were at the ranch.
In the 1970s, Roger was a two-term director of the Nebraska Hereford Association.
Hardy Brothers of Thedford leased their ranch to the Imig family in 1973. The cow herd expanded and the bull sales at the ranch continued. In 1982, the Imigs were named the Sunday Lincoln Journal and Star Honor Farm Family.
In 1984, Imigs bought the Arapaho Ranch north of Lakeside and moved into the very welcoming community, where Roger and Judy and their son, Mike, ranched for 30 years until Roger's health declined.
Imig Herefords exported registered Hereford cattle to Kazakhstan, Australia and Argentina. With the help of many, many neighbors, friends and family, a total of 60 production sales of registered bulls and females were hosted by the Imigs.