Roger L. Arends

July 5, 1934January 9, 2012

Roger Arends, 77, of Peoria, passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Monday January 9, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center. Roger was born July 5, 1934, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Edward & Garnet Trantina Arends. He married Bertha Hallor in Peoria on January 28, 1955. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters Kelly Jo (Michael)Wroblewski, and Tambria Jeanne Arends both of Peoria; one son Michael Eugene (Michelle) Arends of Germantown Hills; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Roger was preceded in death by one son, Mark Kevin “Nik”, and one daughter Susan Lynne Lord, and a brother Laverne Arends. He was a Captain at the Peoria Fire Department before retiring after 33 ½ years. He was a member of the Kickapoo Archery Club, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Peoria FireFighter’s Retirees. Roger was an avid bow hunter and devoted family man. He made sure all his grandchildren took hunter’s safety courses and participated in youth hunts. The funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday January 14, 2012. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-8 at Davison- Fulton -Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or The American Heart Association. Please visit Roger's story at


  • Visitation Friday, January 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 14, 2012

Roger L. Arends

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Shirley and Terry Harris

January 17, 2012

Tammy and all the Arends, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I know how close you all are to him. I was out of town and just found out about it. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family. He will never be forgotten.

January 14, 2012

Kelly, Mike, and Family - we are sorry for your loss. We could not make the visitation this evening but want you to know you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Kathy Nixon

Ray Russell

January 13, 2012

My most heart felt condolences to Roger's family. I was fortunate enough to have worked with Roger many times. A great guy and a pleasure to be around. Always had a good hunting story. He will be missed.

Mark Sauder

January 13, 2012

Dear Mike and Family,

Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He will be greatly missed.

Nancy and Larry Smith

January 13, 2012

Mike and family, So sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

January 13, 2012

Kelly and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your father. You are in our prayers.
Judy & Ken Kobb

January 13, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in you wonderful family that surrounds you and the good times you've had. He loved you all so much. Especially you Bert, he adored you!
With deepest sympathy from Roger's nurse
Heather RN Methodist Medical Center

Shannon Little

January 13, 2012

To the entire Arends family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Roger. He was an incredible man. I will remember him most as the wonderful Grandfather he was to my nieces and nephew. He attended every sporting event and cheered on everything they ever did. His deep pride in his family was always evident in the smile on his face whenever you were all around each other. Every one who knew him was blessed. May the Angels surround you all. He will live on in you. With my deepest sympathy

Sarah Hoffman

January 13, 2012

Kelly & Family,
It's never easy to say goodbye to those we love. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace and will be with you always.

David and Carrie Dintelman

January 13, 2012

Mike and Michelle, So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Mine passed away last month. Take it day by day, remember all the good times, and love your family.