Roger Workman, a Professional Grandpa, died unexpectedly on November 6, 2020, at the age of 65 at his home.
Roger is survived by children Daniel, (Lacey) Workman, and their son Wyatt of Donnellson, Iowa, and his daughter Hailey Workman of Des Moines, IA. His partner Jan Daniels of Crystal Lake and her daughters Megan and Mackenzie. He is predeceded by his Father “Junior” and his mother Esther Workman
Roger was born in Keokuk, IA on November 19th, 1954, and graduated from Keokuk High School in 1973. He retired from Siemens Gamesa in 2017, a passionate believer in wind energy. He had recently relocated to Crystal Lake, IL to enjoy retirement with partner Jan Daniels.
Roger was a proud father, and loved being a “Grandpa” to his Grandson Wyatt, who he would often smuggle gummy worms when his parents weren’t looking. Roger suffered from a lifelong addiction to aviation, who was always quick to turn his head in the direction of a passing aircraft. He grew up in the river town of Keokuk, IA and loved the Mississippi. He loved going on walks, especially those with his beloved golden retrievers. His current furry companion, Toby, was adopted from Fur Fun Rescue. He enjoyed music, concerts, and played guitar. He was a craftsman and loved making things for people he loved most. He was passionate about helping others, especially during the holidays, often dressing as Santa, and passing out toys to those in need in his community.
Roger’s family and closest loved ones have chosen to celebrate his life with a private ceremony. Donations in his memory can be made to the following organizations: Fur Fun Rescue, 229 Badger Rd, Lisbon, IA, firstname.lastname@example.org or LCC K9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Lutheran Church Charities, 3020 Milwaukee, Ave Northbrook, IL 60062 lcc@LutheranChurchCharities.org
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory in McHenry, IL. For information, please call the funeral home at (815) 385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of Roger on his tribute wall.