ARAPAHOE -- Roger Gene Felt was born on July 11, 1944, in McCook, Neb., to Glen Edward and Viola Edwina (Deselms) Felt. In August of the following year, his mother passed away and Roger, age 13 months, and two brothers, Walter James, age seven and Edward Eugene, age four, went to live with and be raised by their grandparents, Jim and Cora Felt.
Roger attended Culbertson Public Schools. He enjoyed playing sports there and of course, in his spare time he was fishing. His early jobs included helping his grand-dad with chores and milking cows. He worked for Harly Morthhole and stayed there on the farm in Culbertson for a period of time. He drove gravel truck for Gillen's Sand and Gravel in Perry, Ne. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1965 and was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island for three years.
On July 16, 1966, his dream came true at the Methodist Chapel in McCook, Nebraska, when he married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Ann Shaffer.
After serving his country, Roger and Barbara moved back to this area to be near loved family members. Their early home was established at Stratton, Neb. He began working for Trenton-Stratton Co-op as a tank wagon delivery man. Their family grew, son, James William, was born on July 26, 1969 and daughter, Katherine Annette, was born July 26, 1971. The family moved to Imperial, Neb., in 1977 and Roger worked for the Frenchman Valley Co-op as tank wagon delivery man for two years. After a brief stay in Cambridge Co-op, they settled in Arapahoe. Roger worked at Arapahoe Co-op as shop attendant, floater operator and mostly everything else until it sold to Evans Grain. He went there and through all the changes, basically did the same job until Edison Ag Valley purchased the business. Roger worked mainly at the north shop in the fertilizer department and ran the dry blend plant. He truly loved his job working with the farmers. He always said, "I get to go to work," most folks say they have to go to work. He had a glow inside of him that he liked to let show at Christmas time. He loved to share that special birthday of Jesus. We all called him "Mr. Christmas" as he worked so diligently putting up so many, many lights.
Left to mourn him are his wife, Barbara of Arapahoe; son, James William and girlfriend, Cyndi Schroeder of McCook, Neb., and daughter, Katherine "Katie" Knight of Paris, Texas; two granddaughters, Lynette Kay and Marrisa Leanne Parker of Rossville, Ga.; two brothers, Edward and wife, Janet of Stratton, Neb., and Walter and wife, Mary of Enid, Okla; Aunt Arlene and husband, Gilbert Reiman of Benkelman, Neb., Aunt Lola Chapman of Pocatello, Idaho and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends whom he loved as a family.
Memorial services were Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the Church of Christ in Arapahoe with Pastor Milton Jones officiating. Inurnment will be at the Trenton Cemetery at a later date.