Roger Clark Kezar was born on September 25, 1931 to Frank Clark Kezar and Maelissa Grace Rogers Kezar in Blackhawk County, Waterloo, Iowa. Roger's mother passed away when he was five, and he was raised by his father and older sister, Virginia (Ginny), until she married, and they moved from the farm to the city. Roger spent a lot of time with Frank at the Brass Rail, running liquor on occasion and specializing in poker, bridge and bowling. He “fibbed” about his age and entered the United States Marine Corps at age 16 and served with the Marines in the Korean War from 1948-1952. He remained in the Marine Reserves and served in the National Guard until 1982. Roger attended Iowa State University where he double majored in History and Political Science and completed Graduate Studies in Government. Roger met his beloved wife at Iowa State, courtesy of a few visits to the Dean’s Office where she was Dr. Frank Bortle’s Secretary. After graduating Roger went to work for the Iowa State Highway Administration and then into the Federal Highway Administration where he initially focused on Right-of-Way acquisition for I-70. He quickly worked his way up the ranks and moved his growing family from Ames, Iowa to Indianapolis, Indiana; Springfield, Illinois; Lansing, Michigan and Annapolis, Maryland finishing a long and distinguished career as a G5-18/Senior Executive Service working out of Washington, DC. During his time in Lansing and spending two years of evenings and weekends in class, he graduated from Cooley Law School. Papazar, as he was best known, was an avid gardener, military historian, writer, Altar Guild Director, participant in the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, collector of books, polar bears and duck decoys. He never met a mystery he didn’t enjoy and a crossword he couldn’t solve. He was utterly devoted to his wife and has been the rock for many generations of Kezar’s.
Roger is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Donna May Caruth Kezar (September 15, 1927 to March 23, 2019) and son Kevin Sean Kezar (1962). He is survived by his son Fr. Dennis Dean & Sandy (Knight) Kezar in Bradenton; daughter Nancy (Kezar) & Larry Lockhart in Casa Grande, AZ and daughter Annastasia Kezar in Baltimore, MD. Roger is remembered and loved by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Dennis Kezar, Salt Lake City, UT; Matthew and Tani (Eckert) Kezar, Colton (at Duke) and Caden in Bradenton; Peter (USAF) and Samantha Kezar, Sarah, Sadie and Samuel of Enid, OK; Heather and Scott McNutt, Taylor (USAF/England), and Michael (USMC) of Casa Grande, AZ; Maximillian Alexander Kezar and Zophia Grace Kezar of Baltimore, MD.
Services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Chapel on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11 am followed by interment in the courtyard garden next to his wife and son. There will be a reception in the Parlor afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Father Kezar Opening Doors Foundation.
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