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William Roger Mcpherson

Family, friends, employees, and the manufacturing community grieve the loss of a wonderful man and a true pioneer in the bonded magnet industry. On the morning of January 5, 2022, William Roger McPherson passed away quietly from natural causes. Roger was born on September 1, 1946 in Plainwell, Michigan, the third child to Bernard C. Sr. and Hazel McPherson. He lived his entire life in Otsego, Michigan.

His contributions to his family, community and the magnetics industry will be greatly missed. He was recognized worldwide as the creator of a unique type of injection bonded magnet technology. Many millions of magnets continue to be produced in a factory in Otsego, Michigan that ship across continents and make an impact to many diverse industries. Roger served as President of Tengam Engineering, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board after his retirement.

Roger is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda and his beloved children, Analyssa McPherson and Mark McPherson both of Otsego. He is also survived by his grandchildren Collin, Seth and Mya McPherson, his sister Melinda Kling and his brother Tim McPherson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bernard Jr.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Roger’s family from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a time of sharing starting at 6:30 PM.

To honor Roger’s life, please consider a contribution in his name to the Otsego Public School Foundation.

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Jennifer Mit hrll

January 6, 2022 at 1:06 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. He certainly left his mark on this community, a true McPherson trait.


Cassee Solomon

January 6, 2022 at 1:13 pm

I got to know Roger and Linda when I was working as the clinical coordinator at Vicinia Gardens. He was always one of my favorites. Such a funny and kind soul. Sending hugs and comfort to Linda and his family.



January 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm

The Nick family sends our deepest sympathy to the McPherson family, prayers for comfort and peace during this sorrowful time.


Sherry Schumaker

January 6, 2022 at 2:57 pm

To the McPherson Family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Roger. His contributions to this community and to his family are monumental.

Sherry Schumaker

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Todd / Janet Allenn

January 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm

Sorry for the family’s loss at this time condolences to you all


Robert Sabel

January 6, 2022 at 3:47 pm

So sorry to hear about my classmate Roger. I remember playing a lot of tennis with him in high school. My heart goes out to his family .


Jerry Sunnock

January 6, 2022 at 4:37 pm

There is a large hole left in Otsego by the passing of Roger. He worked many many hours on his dream of magnets and always had time to help others!!! I will miss Roger but do not forget his son Mark who with the passion and integrety of his dad will continue on!!! Also Linda was a great care giver for a long time!! WOW what a team!!!


Merry Kingsley

January 6, 2022 at 5:19 pm

Sorry for your loss.


Jan Ellwood, Myers-Carpenter

January 6, 2022 at 6:54 pm

Linda and family:

I’m so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by your whole

family. Prayers for all of you for peace in this difficult time.


Jeanne Van Eerden

January 6, 2022 at 7:46 pm

So many fond memories of Roger through the years at Otsego Public Schools and riding with him to WMU! Such an intelligent and kind person to all of us. He will be truly missed. Dear, sweet Linda, my heart goes out to you and your lovely family. My prayers go out to all of you as you go through your grief, bringing you love, comfort and peace. Love, prayers and hugs, Dave and Jeanne Van Eerden


Sarah Volker-Clemens

January 6, 2022 at 9:19 pm

May loving memories help to bring you all comfort and peace in the coming days.


Roxanne Orr

January 6, 2022 at 10:08 pm

So very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. I worked for McPherson’s Plastics for six and a half years right out of high school. The family always treated me with respect and I remember Roger working on the startup of Tengam in the back of the plant. Sending hugs and prayers for his family in their time of sorrow. I know he will be missed and he is finally pain free.


Jo golden

January 6, 2022 at 10:18 pm

To all the McPherson family I am so sorry for your loss may God be with you all Jo golden


Christopher Creviston

January 7, 2022 at 12:05 am

I’m so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to his family, my friends. He was clearly a loving father and a big contributor to the community.


Sharon Thompson

January 7, 2022 at 6:21 am

Linda and family

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry and Sharon (Burroughs) Thompson


Joyce McClellan

January 7, 2022 at 6:32 am

Thinking of you Linda and your family, please know you are in ourthoughts and prayers for comfort at this difficult time. Joyce & Dan McClellan


Judith Wrobleski

January 7, 2022 at 7:46 am

I am so sorry for your loss, Roger was indeed a special person. My heart and prayers go out to the McPherson family.


Randy Vansparrentak

January 7, 2022 at 8:49 am


I am sorry for your loss


Lana Mae Langone

January 7, 2022 at 4:27 pm

Saddened to hear of another Class of 64 classmate leaving us. Deepest sympathy to the family.

Joe and Lana Langone


Sandy Holland

January 7, 2022 at 8:39 pm

Dear family, We send our love and prayers to you all, this is never an easy time, just know he is in heaven loving all of you still. He was a kind soul, memories of him in our class of 64. We pray God will guide you each day, hold onto the memories, Sandy and Dave Holland


Wendy Bisel

January 8, 2022 at 4:32 am

My condolences to the McPherson family as you mourn the loss of Roger. He leaves a legacy for his family to continue – not only as a pioneer in his field but as a kind, caring person.


Katherine Sue Ransler

January 8, 2022 at 1:46 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. He was one smart guy!!!! A bit scarey….here’s a funny story. I worked at McPherson Plastics for many summers. Helped me pay for college at CMU. I ran one of his first magnet machines on first shift. I forgot to put in pin into the mold. Just once. It obviously froze, had to shut it down and be re-built. He walked towards me. I thought I was going to fired that second. He didn’t say much but I could tell he was furious. I had alot of respect for him. Although very scared of him. After that I never forgot pins. He will be missed. I love all of the McPhersons. I am very sorry.


John and Diane Glessner

January 8, 2022 at 4:47 pm

Dear, Linda, Mark, and Lisa ,

We are saddened by Roger’s passing . He has been a pillar in the community and deserves a huge thank you along with his family. We are sending our prayers from Florida and we are sorry we won’t be attending his memorial. Please know our thoughts are with you. God bless!

With Love,

John and Diane Glessner


Rod and Shelby Wagonmaker

January 9, 2022 at 3:38 pm

Our sincere condolence to Roger’s family. His contribution to the magnet industry was and is remarkable.


Dale Kling

January 10, 2022 at 9:51 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Roger for several years during my high school and college years. He frequented the hardware store (Bob’s True Value) where I worked in high school and at some point agreed to hire me to help take care of his property. I loved that place. He was always very kind to me and really encouraged me in my own scientific pursuits.

I have so many great memories of Roger… spending break time talking about and looking through his telescope, learning to use his flame thrower to take care of weeds around the pond, borrowing his gazebo for a date with my high school sweetheart. HIs idea. LOL.

My condolences to Linda, Mark and the rest of the McPherson family. Roger was a really wonderful person and I’m sad that he’s gone.


Sue Smilanich

January 12, 2022 at 3:38 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ron & Sue Smilanich


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