Roger L. Watters, 73 of Bellevue, passed away on Saturday, March 09, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque. Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, IA. Visitation was from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, additional visitation was held 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 13, 2018 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Roger was born April 28, 1945 in Bellevue, the son of Martin and LaVerne (Junk) Watters. He graduated from Marquette High School and began his career at John Deere Works Dubuque, IA. Roger retired from John Deere after 37 years as a supply manager. He then began a 15-year career for R & B Grinding before retiring a second time. Roger was a devoted Catholic, always attending mass. Roger was married to his beloved high school sweetheart Janice Heim on April 25, 1964 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. They had one son, Rod. Roger enjoyed his motorcycle and was a member of Hawkeye Motor Cycle Club. When he grew too old to ride his motorcycle, he replaced it with a Camaro, which he kept spotless. He took every opportunity to attend his son’s and grandchildren’s events. Roger also coached little league for Rod’s team when he was younger. He had a big heart, a contagious smile and was always in a good mood. Everyone enjoyed being around him and he couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a familiar face. Roger had a fierce love for his family and always said, “If you need anything, just holler.” Roger will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife of almost 55 years, Janice; his son, Rod (Chris) Watters of Asbury; grandchildren, Nick and Sierra; siblings, Loras (Karen) Watters, Sandy (Dennis) Scheckel, Jim (Carol) Watters, and Chuck (Sherry) Watters; brothers and sisters in-law, Barb (Clark) Ginter, Ann Duehr, Mary (Ray) Kubik, Joe (Janell) Daugherty, George (Winnie) Daugherty, Molly (Bob) Ploessl, Shelia (Steve) Clausen, Mike (Michelle) Daugherty, and Dan Daugherty; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; fathers in-law and mother in-law, Charles Heim, John and Helen Daugherty; brothers in-law, Bob Daugherty, Greg Daugherty, and Ben Duehr.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Roger’s memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.