Rodger Wayne Kloppe

February 1, 1946May 9, 2019

Rodger Wayne Kloppe, 73, went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Rodger was born on February 1, 1946 in Houston to Fritz John and Dorothea Kloppe. He played football and ran track in high school, and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. After graduation Rodger worked as a Corrections Officer at the Huntsville State Prison until he became Manager of the Security Guard Force with Compaq Computer (now HP), which was the fastest growing company in the history of U.S. businesses at the time. Several years later Rodger was part of the management team at Barton Protective Services (later known as Allied Barton) and spent 13 years in California managing the Amgen account. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Doreen, moved back to Texas In April of 2018.

Rodger was a cowboy at heart who loved his cowboy boots and hats. He was a big supporter of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, serving on the Safety Committee and volunteering hundreds of hours a year for 20+ years. Rodger was an avid fan of College sports and, naturally, rooted hard for his beloved Aggies. He also enjoyed boating, fishing, and long trips on his Harley.

Rodger was a religious man who never lost faith, even through his long, hard, courageous 13-year battle with cancer. During his most difficult and painful times he remained devoted to the Lord, and always managed a warm smile. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Doreen Kloppe; sister, Janice Grabanski and her husband, Paul; sister-in-law Denise Bontempo; sister-in-law Deborah Gibbins and her husband, Richard; brother-in-law Don Jones and his wife, Veletta; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Dorothea Kloppe; his Father, Fritz John Kloppe; and his brother, Fritzie Kloppe.

Services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home Chapel located at 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. Short gravesite service immediately following.


  • Darin Gibbins
  • Richard Gibbins
  • Nick Incrapera
  • Don Jones
  • Corey Jones
  • James Yarbrough


  • Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, May 17, 2019


Rodger Wayne Kloppe

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Frank Fitzgerald

May 16, 2019

We are very sorry to learn of Rogers passing.
Junior High, High School and Aggie Buddy !
What a great guy! Did a lot of kidding around with him ! Played Football in Junior High and High School with Roger.
We both went to Texas A&M and graduated .
He will be missed!
We pray for Roger and his family.

Frank and Patsy Fitzgerald

Karen Williams

May 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Rodger for 13 years ,he was one of the kindest,sweetest biggest hearted men , he was always willing to help me out with anything I would need. He was the best husband to Doreen he truly loved her with all his heart and soul.. you will be sadly missed by many especially me, Rodger you were a true gentleman. Hugs and kisses Karen 💙

Gary Alton

May 14, 2019

Rodger and I worked together at Compaq as part of the Barton contract and he mentored me in that position. We also went to Promise Keepers Rally in Dallas and shared a spiritual kinship with our Lord during the time we worked together. Many hours were spent with Rodger and Doreen at Dick and Debbie Gibbins' home having fun and enjoying each others company.

Doreen, may the Lord bless you and carry you in the hollow of His hand during this time of sorrow. We know after all of the suffering, he is now no longer in pain and in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Kerry and Gary Alton

Susan Simms Dansby

May 14, 2019

Rodger and my brother, Larry Simms, went through school together from Brookline Elementary to Austin High School. We all grew up in the Pine Valley neighborhood during the sweet, innocent times when kids knew most all their neighbors and were free to rides bikes and play outside after dark. I will always remember that Rodger was very kind and that he could flash a sweet smile that would light up the day. I would like to extend my to deepest sympathy to his family. May God extend His grace and mercy to all of you during this sad time.

Susan Simms Dansby

Madeleine Spector

May 13, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear about Rodger’s loss. I worked for/with him at alliedBarton /Amgen and he mentored me from supervisor through my trainer position. I always remember his laugh and how he spoke about his bride and doggies and life in Texas. Thanks for teaching me ‘the works’. I’m sad but at least he was in Texas. My condolences to the family. Madeleine