Roger Louis Stephens, age 66, who was born in Ottumwa, IA on February 21, 1954 passed away after a battle with cancer on September 21, 2020.
The visitation and service will both be held at Ernst Funeral Home located in Waukee, IA. Visitation hours will be Tuesday, September 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 30th at 10:30 a.m. Face masks and physical distancing are requested for both. Roger's service will be live-streamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and can be viewed at that time or anytime thereafter at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation. Memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospice in Roger's memory.
Roger grew up on the east side of Des Moines. He graduated from East High School in 1972. East High School was also where he met the love of his life Kathy. Roger and Kathy married in the spring of 1975 in Des Moines. They have one son Clint, a dog Cocoa, and two cats named Nip and Smoky. His family has lived in Waukee for the past 27 years.
Roger worked with his father at Stephens Graphics for approximately 15 years. He subsequently worked at Ken Bratney Company as a Service Manager for 13 years.
Roger was known for his frequent naps and easy going personality. He looked forward to his annual trips to Wisconsin to play poker with his buddies to take their money. One of his many hobbies was raising tropical fish. He also enjoyed playing golf, horse racing at Prairie Meadows, hunting, and fishing.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Kathy, son Clint (Kristi), mother Jean Stephens, sister Kellie Eilers (Fiancé Larry), brother Lance Stephens (wife Rosemarie), mother-in-law Betty Hanson (friend Melvin), brother-in-law Jim Peterson (wife Kathleen), five nephews and numerous cousins.
Roger was proceeded in death by his father, Roger Stephens Sr., his father-in-law Robert Peterson and grandparents.