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Roger L. Chriest

Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – Roger L. Chriest, 68, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 2, 1945, in Elgin, Roger was a son of Charles W. and Eula Mae (Bruder) Chriest.  He was united in marriage to Mary Davis on Oct. 3, 1965, at Tampico United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church and adored his family, especially his grandchildren. Roger was a Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary, of Rock Falls; his children, Amy (Scott) Garriott and Beth (Craig) Wilson, both of Sterling; his mother, Eula Mae of Tampico; his grandchildren, Sydnie Garriott, Whitnie Garriott, Brooke Wilson and Emma Wilson; his sisters, Ida Staelens of Moline and Anna (Randy) Wetzell of Tampico; his brothers, Danny Chriest and Steve Chriest, both of Tampico, and Tim (Kathy) Chriest of Aurora, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother in infancy and a sister, Susie Mitchell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Fassig, pastor of Rock Falls United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.

Contributions in his memory may be directed to Whiteside County Relay for Life, Rock Falls United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Rock River Valley.

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