Roger A. Hillmeyer, age 77, of Colorado, formerly of Cokato, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, after a two-year battle with mesothelioma.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Pacific Mesothelioma Center in Los Angeles. To donate online go to http://www.phlbi.org/about/get-involved/donate/ or call 310-478-4678.
Roger was born Nov. 22, 1939, in Watkins. When he was 4, his family moved to Cokato, where he lived through his high school years and again after his military service.
While in high school, Roger joined the Army Reserve. He reported for active duty in July 1957. After attending cryptography school, he was assigned to Camp Des Loges, St. Germaine, France.
He reenlisted in 1961, and was called back from duty in the Philippines to report for duty with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, MD. He was discharged in 1964, but remained in the military reserve until he retired in 1999.
After his active duty, Roger owned and operated restaurants and drive-ins in and around Cokato. Later, he moved to Durango, CO, where he lived for four decades. There, he once again owned a restaurant and drive-in, worked in sales, and was an active member of Masonic Lodge 46 and the Al Kaly Shrine Club.
For the last 8 years Roger enjoyed making new friends while living part time in Vail, AZ.
Roger enjoyed traveling, exploring the outdoors and mountains of Colorado. As a keepsake of his adventures, he collected a small jar of sand from each place he visited.
An avid fan of cowboy culture, Roger loved going to rodeos and cowboy poetry gatherings.
In the summertime, he could often be seen in parades, riding with the Al Kaly Shrine’s Tin Lizzies Car Club.
Roger devoted much of his time to family and friends. He enjoyed spreading laughter and joy, and never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susan; his children, Megan Powers (Evergreen, CO), Carrie Hillmeyer (Melbourne, VIC, AU), Sean Hillmeyer (Eugene, OR) and Katelyn Hillmeyer (Gatlinburg, TN); two grandchildren, Julian and Theodore; and five siblings (Mary, Doris, Ruth, Susan and Paul), all residing in Minnesota.