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Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Mountain).

United Church
Philip, South Dakota

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In memory of

Roger Rowcliffe

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 68

Roger Eugene Rowcliffe was born March 5, 1951, in Philip, South Dakota, the second of five children born to Charles and Louise (Millar) Rowcliffe. He grew up in Philip where he graduated from Philip High School in 1969.

After graduation, Roger enlisted into the US Navy. He did his basic training at the Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois, and worked for the next 20 years as a machinist on various Naval ships including USS Kitty Hawk, the USS Fox, the USS Coral Sea, the USS Midway, the USS Niagara Falls, the USS Flint and did some Naval recruitment in Bremerton, Washington. Roger spent 17 of the 20 years in the Navy out at sea. During his military service, Roger was united in marriage to Charlotte Stairs while in California.
After retiring from the US Navy on March 31, 1990, he made his home in San Diego, where he continued working on Naval ships as a private contractor. He briefly moved to Manhattan, Kansas, before moving to Philip after his father Charles’ death. He has since remained in Philip.

Roger enjoyed wood-working, reading, and gardening, and was known for making wooden ball-point pens.

Survivors include his four siblings Harold Rowcliffe of Philip, Evelyn Heide of Philip, Hazel Rowcliffe of Philip, and Ann Roberts and her husband Richard of Ft. Collins, Colorado; two nephews JD Roberts and his wife Angela and their kids Julie Ann and Charles, all of Ft. Collins, and AJ Roberts and his wife Katherine and their daughter Bethany of Kimball, Nebraska; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte; his parents; and a sister-in-law Betty Rowcliffe.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 am Monday, August 5, at the United Church in Philip.

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
United Church
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney

Marilyn Millage - Pianist
Deb Smith - Vocalist
“Amazing Grace”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
Special Music
“Go Rest High”

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

  • Thinking of you and your family, Hazel and Evelyn. Hugs and prayers! ~ Edna Knutson Philip (8/7/2019)
  • Hazel, so sorry for your loss! ~ Karen Nelson Murdo, SD (8/6/2019)
  • May. God give comfort and strength As you and yours bear thiS burden of grief. I met. Roder at dialysis. Then he was at the same place I live at. We had cub playing cribbage. I always enjoyed listening to his stories an since of humor. I am glad he has no more pain. Ps 23. Rev 21:4 ~ Kimberley Grauel Rapid City (8/6/2019)
  • SD ~ Kimberley Rapid. City (8/6/2019)
  • Thinking of you and your family Hazel. ~ Kim Kanable Ipswich, SD (8/5/2019)
  • Our condolences to the family ~ Glenn and Sandra Lariviere Winnipeg Manitoba Canada (8/5/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Keep those precious memories close. ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City (8/5/2019)
  • We are thinking of all you folks during this time of sorrow. Hold on to all the memories. We heard alot of stories about his years in the navy. This time of year he always counted motorcyles going to and from dialysis. He is out of pain now. Prayers to you folks. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (8/5/2019)
  • Thanks for serving ~ A VETERAN (8/4/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss of Roger. I certainly enjoyed our travels to and from Rapid City for dialysis. We had many good visits on our travels. May he rest in peace. ~ Joe & Kathy Gittings Philip (8/4/2019)
  • We are so very sorry to hear this! Mike will surely miss visiting with him at the Building Center. May God bless you and comfort you during this sad time. ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip, S.D. (8/4/2019)
  • So very sorry to hear of your brother passing. Sending prayers to help you through this difficult time. ~ Julie McLaughlin (8/4/2019)
  • So sorry to hear about Roger. I still carry with me the ball point pen he made
    I can't imagine your family with out Roger.You were all so close.My prayers are with you all
    ~ Tootie Formanek Prescott AZ (8/4/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of Roger passing. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. God Bless ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (8/3/2019)
  • Dear Hazel and Evie,
    I can hardly believe this and my heart goes out you both. You are amazing sisters and gifted Roger with much love over the years.
    May God wrap you in His comforting arms through this sad, sad time.
    ~ Rebecca Williams Hill City, SD (8/3/2019)