Roger (79) passed away March 6, 2019 at St. Vincent Healthcare. He was born September 14, 1939 in Billings, Montana to Victor and Minnie (France). In 1958 He married JoAnne Byrd and together they raised three sons – Rodney, Barry and Kevin.
Roger was an active member of the National Guard for six years. He proudly worked as a Wholesale Route Salesman for Meadow Gold Dairy for 42 years, retiring in 2000.
In 1992 Roger, JoAnne and Trudy Chester bought a 10 acre mobile home park at Cooney Dam. He loved taking care of the land, watching the animals, visiting with people and working in the pole barn. Roger always had just the right tool that someone else needed.
He enjoyed boating, camping, hunting, fishing, bowling, scavenger hunting along the beach at Cooney, and working with all his tools.
In his later years, Roger enjoyed playing cards, computer games, puzzles, watching TV and Netflix, Judge Judy shows and going to Trudy‘s cabin in Red Lodge. Every day Roger & JoAnne would read all the “real” news on the Internet and look at Facebook.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Betty Reather, Jean Kozloski, Edith Schneider and his brother Jerry.
He is survived by JoAnne, his wife of 60 years, his sons Rodney and Charlene (Jellison), Barry and Sydni (Lee) and Kevin and Kathleen (Chester). He also has 7 grandchildren: Amber, (Cam Baumgardner), Jason, Ben, (Jordynn Borell), Amanda, (Mindy), Chelsea, (Casey Soule), Kyla and Zackery, (Nikki Butenschoen). Roger also has five great grandchildren Cade, Chloe, Shawn, Ryan, and Kayla. He is also survived by his sister Pat Clark Blair (Merle) and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Roger‘s life will be held Saturday, April 27th at Heights Family Funeral Home at 11 AM and a reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to:
American Heart Association — PO Box 742030 Los Angeles, CA 90074
American Diabetes Association — 2460 W 26th Ave St. 500C Denver, CO 80211
or a charity of your choice.
A special thanks to St. Vincent Healthcare, Dr. Robert Terry, Dr. Justen Rudolph and all the medical staff that has taken excellent care of Roger over the years.