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16063 W. Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ

OBITUARY

Roger Lee Will

August 17, 1940July 27, 2020
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Roger Lee Will, 79, of Surprise, Arizona passed away peacefully at home, Monday July 27, 2020 after an over 3 year battle with cancer.

Roger was born on August 17, 1940 in Corwith, Iowa to Fred and Vera(Wagner)Will. He grew up on the family farm before attending Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa where he met Connie Diane Clarine. Roger and Connie were married for 56 years.

Roger joined the Army where he was stationed in Mannheim, Germany as military police. Connie accompanied Roger to Germany where they developed their love for traveling. After his Army service, Roger and Connie moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked at UniVac. Then they settled in Forest City, Iowa for 45 years. In Forest City, he worked at Winnebago Industries for 5 years as a supervisor of scheduling in Production Control. Then he joined Dubois Chemicals where for over 30 years he was in sales and was promoted through the ranks of sales management to a Regional Sales Manager. Roger was a mentor to many at DuBois and highly respected throughout the company, his success was often rewarded, including the Dean Provence Award of Excellence for outstanding senior management performance.

Roger was very active in many organizations, including Immanual Lutheran Church in Forest City, Iowa and Community of Grace in Peoria, Arizona. He was a member of Lions Club where he held many leadership positions and was awarded the Warren Coleman Honorary Award for his deep commitment. Roger was also active in Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

Roger had many passions in life all centered around his family, friends and nature. He loved to travel all over the world, visiting all 50 US states and 40 countries on 6 continents. His favorite yearly trips was skiing with his brother Mick and fishing with his friends in the Boundary Waters on the Canadian border. He was an avid gardener, golfer, photographer and woodworker. He enjoyed reading, especially about military history. And he would say he was an expert “putzer”

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Connie; his children, Wendy (John) Hartley of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Denise (David) Nickerson of Cave Creek, Arizona and Darin Will; grandchildren Angelina Hartley, Zachary Nickerson and Hannah Nickerson; brother, Michael (Barbara) Will and sister Mary(Steve) Aagard, sister-in-law, Carolyn(Gerry) Krug and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Roger was proceeded in death by his parents and parents-in-law.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 pm Friday, July 31, 2020 virtually by Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Peoria, Arizona with Pastor Tim Wright officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to Feed My Starving Children, Community of Grace Lutheran Church, Peoria, AZ or a cancer research fund.

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    Friday, July 31, 2020

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Randy Kraker

August 2, 2020

I really enjoyed Roger’s service and seeing more of his life and wonderful family. Roger earned the respect of his salesmen and fellow managers. Over the years Roger played a key role of the success of our manager Keith Wilhelm, Vice President with Dubois. After Keith’s passing, Roger and I would speak of the great times and successes we had while working Keith. I am sure, that if Keith was here, he would want to thank Roger for a lifetime of loyalty, sacrifice and a high level of performance and dedication. No doubt, Connie had to reheat many meals when Roger had to work late helping a Salesman with a problem or opportunity. Roger made success look natural. Rest in peace my good friend.
Randy Kraker

Tom & Betty Zentner

August 1, 2020

Connie & Family
Roger will always be remembered, one could not meet him without liking him. Such a kind, friendly and good man. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Sending our sympathy to all the family now and through out the coming months.
Thinking of you.
Love
Tom & Betty Zentner

Karen Monson

July 31, 2020

Although we went to the same church, I really got acquainted with Roger & his family when they hosted an AFS student for our Forest City Chapter.....typical of him & his family, very generous & caring. He will be missed by all who knew him. May you all know the peace that only God can give you at times like this.
Sincerely,
Karen & John Monson

Stan Petersen

July 31, 2020

Pastor Ole sent us a message regarding Roger’s death. We are so sorry and share your grief.
We were long time neighbors on Woodland Drive. I also had the privilege of traveling with Roger to the Boundary Waters.

Fondly,
Darleen and Stan Petersen

Paul & Gail Boock

July 31, 2020

Roger was admired for his character and his Christian faith. His life was a testimony of love. We are among the many who were welcomed to Immanuel and to Forest City by his warm, caring nature. He will be missed. Our condolences to his family and friends.

John Faircloth

July 31, 2020

thoughts and prayers for your family at the most difficult time. Remembering all the good times during"fishing retreats" in the BWCA. John and Marlene

Alice Lewellen

July 31, 2020

Roger was such a nice, friendly man. Thinking of the entire Will family including sister Mary Aagard.

Raymond Beebe

July 31, 2020

I think we and the Wills came to Forest City at about the same rime-50 years ago! Roger and I became acquainted shortly thereafter. We went to the same church and we were both long time members of the Forest City Lions Club. In more recent years we had early coffee with a group of retirees at Bill’s Family Foods. We enjoyed each other’s company and for years we were a team selling light bulbs door to door as a fundraiser for the Lions Club. We usually sat together at Lions Club meeting. We became “sounding boards” for each other and talked about family issues and really anything and everything. Roger was really a gentle, caring guy who would do anything for family and good friends. He has a strong Christian faith which I am sure sustained him through these last very difficult years. He was a “make a difference” kind of guy! I will definitely miss him!

Joan and James Freking

July 31, 2020

Our sympathy to you Connie and family . Joan and Jim Freking

James Firehammer

July 30, 2020

I enjoyed the Bible classes with Roger, and the moments we shared. We will miss Roger.
Jim Firehammer

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