Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Roger Francis Froehle

March 5, 1951June 30, 2020

Roger Froehle, 69, of Ankeny, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines. Services are pending at this time and will be updated with a date in upcoming weeks.

Roger was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to Dennis and Patricia Iliff Froehle on March 5, 1951. He graduated from Ankeny High School in 1969 and then enlisted in the United States Army National Guard. He later completed his service on active duty in the Army and was stationed at Kaiserslautern, Germany until 1975. Roger was united in marriage to Patricia Williams on July 16, 1983, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They welcomed four children and lived in Oskaloosa before making their permanent home in Ankeny. Roger was an icon of Des Moines auto sales, working all over the State of Iowa and more prominently in the Des Moines metro the majority of his career.

Roger enjoyed restoring cars in his free time, including an MGB, Camaro and a Corvair with his sons. He was a craft beer aficionado and grilling expert. Throughout his life he owned and rode many motorcycles and while serving in the military in Europe enjoyed taking motorcycle trips around the country. Roger was a sports and music dad - always supporting his children in their social activities and loved spending time with his ever-growing family. He could often be found in his garage listening to oldies on his record player and made sure to educate and test his kids on all of the amazing music he loved. He and his wife enjoyed exploring eclectic cities and towns and loved making new memories seeing interesting sites around the country. He always enjoyed the competition of a 2-car race home and then hiding if he got home first. He will be fondly remembered for his charisma, sense of humor, lovely blue eyes, and especially for his wonderful smile, a smile that was contagious.

Roger will be deeply missed by his wife, Patty Froehle; children: Elizabeth (Wade) Monroe of Brooksville, Florida, Gregory (Nicole) Froehle of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, Allison (Mark) McKee of Durango, Colorado, and Mitchell (Molly) Froehle of Ankeny; grandchildren: Reese, Beckett, Jasper, August, Everett and Ember Monroe, Amelia and Wilder McKee and several fur grandchildren; his siblings: David (Suzy) Froehle of Surprise, Arizona, Janice (Jerry) Reese of Davenport, Iowa, and Danny Froehle of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; the Williams and Nichols Families and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents: Dennis and Patricia Iliff Froehle; Billy Williams Sr., Francis Nichols, Kristine Nichols and Billy Williams Jr.

Many thanks also to the staff at MercyOne for the great care and support given to Roger and his family during his stay there.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Ivan Landsverk

July 28, 2020

I remember Roger as we grew up in Ankeny both children of Deaf parents. He was always nice and helpful to my parents as he spoke their language. As I read his obituary I am sorry I did know him better as we had many of the same hobbies as we grew older.

Margie Velishek

July 13, 2020

I left Ankeny in 1965 but remember Roger vividly. He had a great sense of humor. He taught me sign language when I was in 5th and 6th grade and have used it periodically throughout my life. I am saddened by his death and pray his family uses God’s strength and guidance thru during this time

Maggie Halferty Stith

July 8, 2020

Patty, Elizabeth, Greg, Allison , Mitchell and families,

I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. My memories of NW 73rd Lane include him tinkering on cars, chasing dogs ( and kids!) and his big smile. He was always the first to offer a helping hand and his kindness was very much appreciated. You all have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

Maggie ( Halferty) Stith

Scott Landreth

July 2, 2020

Very sorry to hear. I only worked with Roger for a short while but I knew him to be a good, compassionate man.


July 2, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Roger being able to call him a friend. He never met a stranger and seemed to always have a smile on his face. A strong family man and friend will be missed.

Brian & Dodie Braak

Jerry Kingery

June 30, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I am lucky enough to call him my friend for over 40 years and my heart is breaking for all of you.