Roger joined the Heron community 23 years ago. Like many new residents he was looked at initially by some with skepticism and questions when he first arrived. It didn't take long for his well extended circle of friends to grow. Roger's wit, charm, direct communication style and genuine kindness to children, women and help to community members soon established him as a genuine local and community leader.
Roger worked for many in Heron and surrounding communities raising barns, repairing homes, doing general labor for others, and showing his skills through his knife handle creations plus so much more. His commitment to his word and efforts to repay kindnesses far outweighed the gruff exterior that many saw. Roger valued his American Indian Heritage embracing the Cherokee and Choctaw beliefs and Spiritual Customs from an early age.
Roger was a decorated Vietnam Marine Veteran who believed his service was protecting those back home. His service to the Country and tour as a front line Marine ultimately took his life. The extreme experiences he survived left lifelong struggles, of which the final year battle tested his strength and physical endurance. Roger’s final month was difficult, but his life was reflected by the many many friends that came to visit and tell him how he had touched their life and thanked him for being part of it and letting him know they would miss him. Roger had a way with children that was kind, gentle and made them look at him as a 'grandpa-type' figure. His understanding of children and ability to relate to them definitely reflected his gentle heart.
Roger was surrounded in his final days by his two closest friends, Mickey and Mike; and his sisters, Sandy and Debbie and brother-in-law, Henry. His final wishes to be buried in the family plot in Oklahoma with Indian Ceremony will be honored.
The family would like to extend their genuine and sincere heartfelt thanks to those that came to Rogers house and gave of their time and help to make the last month easier for Roger by either taking care of household needs, bringing items for Rogers comfort, assuming the difficult task of keeping wood chopped and mostly providing emotional support and friendship.
Rest in peace our beloved brother, friend and "Heronite".
In your words "Semper Fi".