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Obituary for Roger Passick

Roger Detlef Passick, 82, of Ripley, Oklahoma, passed away on March 2, 2024, at Legacy Village of Stillwater after a long battle with primary progressive aphasia. A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel, 610 S. Duncan Street Stillwater, Oklahoma. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.

An additional service for the family will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 13, 2024 at the Federated Church of Bondurant, 103 2nd Street, Bondurant, Iowa.

Roger was the first child born to Arlo Henry and Virginia Mary (Fees) Passick on April 11, 1941, in Madrid (Polk County), Iowa. He was raised in Polk County, where he was later joined by his three brothers, Ralph, Kerry, and Danny, and his sister Joyce.

Roger attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago as a young adult. It was there that he met his first wife, Joyce "Carroll" McElroy. The two were married in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 30, 1962. After their marriage, Roger studied languages at the University of Indiana and became a Russian translator for the U.S. Air Force. He later studied engineering at Cleveland State University.

Roger and Carroll had three children together, daughter Kimberly Eileen, son Wesley James, and daughter Janell Elizabeth. While Roger served in the Air Force, the couple lived in Germany for a time with their elder daughter and later settled in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

The two divorced in 1978, and Roger moved to southern California, where he worked as a flooring installer and later owned a flooring store. When his younger kids came to visit, he would often take them to work with him, and in addition to having learned some cool things, they have some fond memories of riding with him and trying to figure out how he sometimes drove with his knees while pouring coffee from his thermos into a cup and managed not to crash.

Roger met Carol Ramsey when her former mother-in-law hired him to replace the carpet in her kitchen. They saw each other a few more times after that at her ex-sister-in-law's donut shop (Sunny made awesome donuts). That same ex-mother-in-law encouraged Roger to take Carol out to dinner. And the rest, as they say, was history.

In their many years together, Roger and Carol enjoyed horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with their now extended families.

They moved to Ripley, Oklahoma, in 1989 and began to build their dream home on 80 acres of land there. It was their major co-project; it only took them about 15 years.

They married at their partially finished home on September 1, 1991, a date (9-1-91) he said that he would be able to remember for future anniversaries and such.

In Oklahoma, Roger worked building racquetball courts and installing gym floors for Sports Unlimited. Later, he worked for several different construction companies as a superintendent before he retired from Flintco Construction in 2008.

At heart, Roger was a family man and a traveler. He also loved to play golf, fish (a love he got from his mom), play cards, and build, especially on the house in Oklahoma.

He and Carol had family spread around the country, and when they could, they made an annual holiday road trip to Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Just a small hop or two. He and Carol also visited Japan, Australia, and Israel together.

He will be remembered fondly for his love of telling stories about his family and his experiences and the way he liked to tease by speaking in Russian without ever translating. Much family time and a lot of laughs were spent with Roger and family around the table during a good game or three of Rook or hand-and-foot canasta. He was generous with his love and praise, and his kids always knew that he loved them and was proud of them, whatever their choices.

Roger was never afraid to play and be one of the kids, and he loved playing with his nieces and nephews in Des Moines, where many a family gathering occurred. He didn't stop there and had fun with the dogs too, including Grandma's dogs Topper and Sandy and his own dog Snickelfritz. He might have even been confused for a dog himself at least once and had his furry leg thrown out of bed.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Arlo Henry Passick, his mother, Virginia Mary (Fees) Passick, his brother-in-law, James McDaniel, and his sister-in-law, Marianne (Cook) Passick

Roger is survived by his loving wife Carol (Ramsey) Passick, siblings Ralph Passick, Kerry Passick, Dan Passick and Joyce McDaniel; children Kimberly Eileen Passick-Blum, Wesley James Passick, and Janell Elizabeth (Passick) Robisch; grandchildren Jonathan Blum, Alisha (Passick) Stone, Jessica Passick-Jamison, Heather Passick, Alan ("A.J.") Robisch, Lily Robisch, and Virginia ("Jay") Robisch; and great-grandchildren Lynn Marie Passick, Savanah Stone, Cheyenne Stone, Mavis Stone, and Elijah Stone.

We hope they are all sitting around a heavenly table right now, enjoying a game of cards and waiting on the rest of us.

He will be missed.

The family would like to thank Karman Legacy Hospice and Roger's care team at Legacy Village for their compassion and support.