Roger’s family emigrated from Germany to Kansas in the 1800s, homesteading a farm south of Leavenworth. That’s where he was born, on the family farm, delivered by the family doctor in the days when house calls were a normal affair. Medical care was expensive in those days – an office call cost $2.00.
With his older brother and younger sister Roger attended the one room county schoolhouse a mile and half from the farm his parents purchased through the FHA in 1940. When asked for collateral, Roger’s father said he had a wife and three children. He got the farm.
Getting to school wasn’t difficult in those days. Roger and his siblings rode their bicycles, walked or rode a Shetland pony. Who needed a bus?
Roger was active in school affairs, participating in 4H, lettering in football (he was the captain of the team, playing right tackle while his brother played left tackle) and being selected to attend the American Legion Boys State in Wichita. In the summers he played Junior Legion baseball.
Hard work was a part of Roger’s life from the beginning. In his teen years he worked on his grandfather’s hay baler and poked wires. One summer he saved enough (at $.45 an hour) to buy a used bicycle. At home he cultivated corn and mowed hay with a team of horses.
After graduating high school, Roger went to work for a petroleum distributor making $1.00 an hour. With those wages he purchased his first car, a 1947 Ford convertible. It cost $1,000.00 and monthly payments were $50.00.
While still working at his first job, Roger enlisted in the Naval Reserve unit at the Naval Air Station 10 miles from his home. He was required to attend one weekend a month for training and do a two week duty stint every summer. It was hard duty, requiring travel to Hawaii, Bermuda and New Orleans, among other hardship posts.
In the mid 1950s Roger enlisted for active duty at the local air station, where, as a petty officer third class, he became a clerk in the disbursing office handling payroll for 400 enlisted personnel. At the end of that enlistment Roger left the military after four years active duty and four years as a weekend warrior.
During his active duty, Roger studied accounting and received a certificate in basic accounting which he put to use immediately after returning to civilian life. He went to work for a retail cooperative, starting a career which would eventually cover four states and bring him to Monte Vista, Colorado, as the general manager of a large retail cooperative. There Roger completed his 27 year career in cooperatives in 1985. Throughout his time in cooperative management, Roger was recognized for outstanding work with sales incentive trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Mexico City, Acapulco, Florida and New Orleans.
Iowa was one of the states in Roger’s coop career and there he met and married his wife, Joyce. They have one son living in Minnesota. Following Roger’s retirement he and Joyce purchased Wayne’s Drive In here in Delta. Run-down at the start, Roger and Joyce worked hard to rebuild the restaurant, tripling business in nine years.
Roger grew up hunting quail, pheasant and ducks on his father’s farm and the surrounding countryside in Kansas. From that beginning a shotgun became a central figure in his life. As he moved around the country during his career with cooperatives, Roger moved to clay targets on the trap field, shooting leagues and eventually ATA events.
In 1978 Roger first shot registered ATA targets and has since registered over 125,000 in 11 states. He’s been active with Delta Trap Club for almost 25 years, many of those formally as treasurer and informally as the one everyone turned to for everything from shoot management to stocking shelves. Roger continues to handle purchases for the club, maintaining stocks of shooting supplies and targets. Thanks to Roger, the club never ran out of powder during even the most severe scarcities.
Induction into the Colorado State Trap Shooters Hall of Fame in 2007 was a proud moment for Roger, recognizing his dedication to the sport and his contributions to trap shooting in Colorado.
Roger says he owes a lot to the club for filling a void in his life. The club owes even more to Roger for all his years of dedicated service and individual members are grateful for Roger’s sage advice and wise counsel.
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