Roger Lee Will, age 81, of Newcastle, WY, formerly of Rapid City, SD, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2013 at Weston County Manor in Newcastle, WY.
Roger was born on July 15, 1931 in Algona, IA., to Julius H. Will and Lillian (Voelker) Will. He was raised on the Will family farm near Lott’s Creek, IA and graduated from Algona High School in 1949. While in school, he met the love of his life, and wife of 57 years, Beverly “Bev” Harvey.
Following graduation, he remained on the farm for a short time until he joined the Navy in 1951. He served on the USS Power as a radioman. During his time in the service he wrote letters to Bev almost every day. He was very proud of his military service and talked about his Navy adventures often.
After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Algona and married Bev on June 5, 1955. They moved to a farm in Welcome, MN where their two children were born, Kirk in 1956 and Greg in 1957. After several years in Welcome, Roger retired from farming and moved back to Algona to work for Weidenhoff Tools.
Around 1970 Roger moved his family to Cedar Rapids, IA where he worked a 25-year career with the US Postal Service. After retiring, Roger and Bev moved to Rapid City, SD to be closer to their family. Roger was a man that never wanted to sit for long, and thought he needed to work to “stay young.” He went to work at the Cabela’s in Rapid City as a greeter, finally retiring last year. Roger resided in Rapid City SD, until recently, when he moved to the Weston County Manor in Newcastle, WY.
Roger is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Newcastle, WY. Sons Kirk (Ann) Will of Newcastle, WY and Greg (Deb) Will of Westminster, CO. Grandsons Kirk Jr. (Toni) Will of Frederick, CO, Kristopher Will (Sarah Kizer) of Newcastle, WY, Colby Will of Westminster, CO and Carsen Will of Durango, CO. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, 3 adopted great-grandchildren and another great-grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
Funeral and burial services will be held at a later date at Fort Meade National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD with full military honors. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.