Roger Ray Stice, 61 of Hamilton, IL died Monday, January 15, 2018, at Unity Point Health-Keokuk in Keokuk, IA.
He was born January 4, 1957 in Kirksville, MO the son of Arlene and Robert “Bob” Stice of Downing, MO.
Roger grew up in Downing, MO and attended the Schuyler R-1 Schools, where he graduated with the Class of 1975. It was there that he met and later married his sweetheart, Margie Applegate on July 23, 1976. She survives.
Roger and Margie have five children, Jessica (Darrell) Schrapf of Hamilton, IL, Megan (Troy) Mann of Keokuk, Justin Stice and friend Jessica Kelso of Alexandria, MO, Mitchell (Chelsea) Stice of Carthage, IL and James (Amber) Stice of Clarksville, TN; 14 grandchildren, Zack, Logan, Tyler, Nathan, Savannah, Allison Rae and Emmy Ellen Schrapf, Makayla and Maisy Mann, Eli Stice, Landis and Edward Stice, Nick and Josh Kelso.
Roger is also survived by his parents, Robert “Bob” and Arlene Stice of Downing, MO; one brother, Mickey (Lurene) Stice of Downing, MO; one sister, Brenda Swedberg Bruner and friend Randy Whitlow of Lancaster, MO; his grandmother, Virginia Stice of Rulo, NE; and many aunts and uncles, including a special uncle DeWayne Mullinix; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Barbara Applegate, Jim and Debbie Applegate, Joy and Larry Mitchell, and Paul and Carolyn Applegate.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Alta Maude Mullinix, Clifton and Vera Smith and Otho Stice; one granddaughter, Molly Jacklyn Mann; nephew, Dakota Swedberg; and three brothers-in-law, John Wall, Dean Swedberg and Donnie Bruner.
Roger started a long and successful career working for the railroad in May 1975, following his high school graduation. During his career he worked for Burlington Northern and the Keokuk Junction Railway. He worked many years as Roadmaster for the KJRY. Railroading was not only his job, but was also his passion. He retired on February 1, 2017.
He loved his family immensely. There was always a gathering of children and grandchildren along with other family and friends at his house.
Roger enjoyed gardening, canning, coon hunting, and watching Cardinal baseball and westerns with his dog Rylee. He loved to travel, told great stories, and was always up for a good road trip.
But his greatest love was God. He was a faithful member of New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk. Since his retirement he enjoyed helping with the many church dinners. He even won the Christmas Caroling Chili Cook off this year.
A funeral service was Friday, January 19, 2018 at the New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk with Pastor Doug Campbell officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton, IL.
Pallbearers were Robert Stice, Aaron Stice, Chad Stice, Brandon Miller, Daron Mullinix, Rodney Newland. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Applegate, Logan Schrapf, and Dusty Swedberg.
Memorials may be made to the New Testament Christian Church or Keokuk Christian Academy.
The Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk assisted the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com.