Roger Lee Kleist

July 26, 1933April 28, 2021

Roger Lee Kleist, age 87, of Peoria, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:50 a.m. at The Loft in Eureka. He was born July 26, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI to Adeline Kleist. He married Barbara Marshall on Oct. 17, 1953 in Peoria. She survives along with three children: Randy (Marilyn) Kleist of West Peoria, Robin (Tony) DeMoss of Washington, IL, Ryan (Lorrie) Kleist of Peoria Heights, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three sisters: Rosemary Eberle of Creve Coeur, Lois (Tom) Mazur of Kenosha, WI, and Colleen Koch of Washington, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother, one daughter, Rusti Davis, one sister, Betty Brown, and one brother, Robert Langloss. Roger was a Carpenter working out of Local 237 in Peoria retiring in 1993. He was a lifelong Cubs fan, enjoyed betting on the horses, fishing, and going to Las Vegas. He enjoyed most spending time with his family and will be remembered for having a good joke. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be at Resurrection Mausoleum. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to your local Animal Shelter. You may view Roger’s obituary online at


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Stan Matheny

May 6, 2021

Roger was an awesome guy that spent many days at my house remodeling a kitchen and our basement. The kids loved him and he loved our dog, Bella, I am so glad God put you in my life! God bless the family and we are so sorry for your loss!

Linda McMillion

May 5, 2021

Roger will be remembered as a kind fun loving friend with a joke for everyone. I am so glad I could call him a friend and I am very sad for Barb and the family for their loss. Prayers

Linda Clinch

May 2, 2021

To the Kleist Family,
So sorry to learn of Roger's passing. I have many memories of our family get-togethers over the years.
A special one was the trip to Wisconsin about 1966. We stayed in cabins at "Happy Hollow" Resort. We went to the Dells & saw a water show. We also visited Roger's family in Portage.
May you find comfort in special memories.
Love & prayers, Linda (Lauer) Clinch

Walt and Loretta Fehl

May 2, 2021

To Barb and Family,

We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We both have fond memories of places and events where we shared many good times together. When remembering Roger we always see him laughing and making sure everyone else is laughing.

Love, Walt and Loretta

Kim Goodwin

May 1, 2021

I was saddened to see Roger's photo and obituary. He visited me frequently when I worked at Hy-Vee Floral several years ago. He always had a joke for me and brightened my day at a time when I was a grieving widow. May he rest in peace.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Kim Goodwin

David Simonsen

April 30, 2021

What a great neighbor.. his telling of jokes and from all the fish fries in the back yard garage, to scraping the scales off the fish as a youngster Such a great family from the south side . May you RIP Roger, and prayers and condolences to all the family members.🙏🏻❤️

Jackie Patten

April 30, 2021

I remember Roger always sharing a good joke and a laugh everytime I seen him at family gatherings or just in passing. Very proud Dad of his family and loving husband. Prayers to his family.