Roger Wayne Rohwer: 1942—2012 | Passages

Roger Wayne Rohwer: 1942-2012 - Contributed photo
Roger Wayne Rohwer: 1942-2012
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Roger Wayne Rohwer, 69, of Friday Harbor, Wash. died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands in Friday Harbor.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1942 in Cortez, Colo., the son of Raymond and Grace (Dennison) Likes.

Roger grew up in La Sal, Utah, moving to Dove Creek, Colo. in 1953, with his mother and step-father, Grace and Irwin Rohwer and graduated from Dolores County High School in Dove Creek.

Roger married Donna Millsaps at the First Baptist Church on Dec. 30, 1966 in Cedaredge, Colo. He was employed as a millwright for the Idarado Mining Company in Telluride, Colo. and Atlas Minerals Uranium Mill in Moat, Utah, and also worked as an aggregate plant operator for various construction companies, working on the McPhee Dam in Colorado and the Brantley Dam in New Mexico.

Roger retired from the Richard Lawson Construction Company in 2004 due to his illness. He enjoyed fishing, rock tumbling and polishing, outdoors in the mountains, but most of all loved spending time with his family and friends.

Roger was a member of the Islands Community Church. He loved the Lord, his God, and his family with all his heart, soul, and might. Everyone knew Roger as a kind, gentle man, never doing harm to anyone. He was well respected and was everyone’s prayer warrior.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, LaDawn Armour; brother, Gene Bounds; and his sisters, Euella Lampton, Ardella Lillard, Leona Ferganchick, and Nellie Bounds. He is survived by his wife, Donna; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Shari Rohwer, all of Friday Harbor; grandchildren, Shawn, Ricky, Cheyenne, and Dustin Rohwer, all of Friday Harbor, Amanda and Todd Cochran of Lopez Island, Dennie and Felimon Padilla of Friday Harbor; great-grandsons, Chase and Logan; and brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Linda Rohwer of Golden Valley, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Islands Community Church in Friday Harbor, with Pastor Fred Buckles officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated for youth mission trips, at the Islands Community Church, PO Box 1346, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250.

A family burial service will be held in Colorado.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Anacortes, Wash. and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Roger, please sign the online guest register at

— Family of Roger Rohwer


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