Roger Conrad West, 82, of Peoria, passed away on October 14, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born on February 22, 1935 in Tiskilwa, a son of Eric and Berniece (Morris) West. They preceded him in death along with one brother, Robert West.
Roger married Sally Suhren in June of 1963. He later married Fran Starr on March 25, 1988 in Bend, OR.
He is survived by his wife, Fran of Peoria; daughter, Justina West of Dallas, TX; and sister, Marilyn Olds, of Wyanet.
Roger received a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois and a MBA from the University of Dallas.
He served in the US Army from 1957-1959. Following his service in the Army, Roger coached football and taught at Toulon High School. In 1962, he became the Business Manager and Director of Facilities for St. Marks School of Texas, in Dallas. From 1984-1988, he was the Business Manager for the Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, CO. In 1998, he retired from UNICOMP (University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria).
At the time of discharge from the service, he received a Reserve Commission as 2 nd Lt. In 1997, he was inducted into the EIU Sports Hall of Fame. He received the Civil Service Dean’s Staff Award from UNICOMP, the Fred Sweat Award, the Paul Harris Fellow and the Ed Siebert “Make a Difference” Fellow from Rotary Club of Peoria – North.
While, coaching football for 37 years, he also piloted his own plane, enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing, woodworking and nurturing his 1959 Nash Metropolitan, his prized possession for over 50 years.
A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Trefzger’s Trailside Event Center in Peoria Heights. In accordance with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made in Roger’s memory to Rotary Club of Peoria – North Foundation, OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, or the Alzheimer’s Association in Peoria.