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Rodger John Stenzel, 78, of Bedford passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021. He was a devoted and loving husband of 54 years to Linda Silver Stenzel. Born in Geneseo, Illinois on October 4, 1943, he was a son of the late Howard Henry Stenzel and Virginia Mae (Nicely) Stenzel.

Growing up on the family farm, Rodger was a member of 4H and FFA where he won a National Championship of Cattle Judging. While at Geneseo High School, he played basketball, baseball, and ran cross country. After attending the University of Illinois, he joined the Army Reserves in Florida. While in Florida he met Linda, the love of his life.

After nearly fifty years of service in retail management with Sears Roebuck & Co. and Lowe’s Corporation, he joined the Ivy Hill Senior Golf League and worked at Mariner’s Landing Golf Club. He was an avid angler and golfer. He also enjoyed traveling with Linda.

Rodger loved his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, Dad, Papa, brother, and friend. He cherished the special bond he shared with each of his grandchildren.

He continued to model kindness, perseverance, and courage throughout his illness. Rodger’s faith reassured him of God’s everlasting love for him. We’re thankful that he is safely resting in the arms of Jesus.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters: Kim (Jeff) Johnson; Kristin Stenzel Orendorf; son: Lance (Stacey) Stenzel; grandchildren: Christopher and David Johnson, Channing and Will Orendorf, Lauren, Addisyn, and Grant Stenzel; brother: Dave (Shirley) Stenzel; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Thomas Road Baptist Church (Pate Chapel) with Pastor Rick Rasberry officiating. To watch the service online go to: watch.trbc.org.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 26, 2021, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to be made to any of the following charities in memory of Rodger Stenzel:

Gleaning for the World   www.GFTW.org

National Center for Healthy Veterans   www.HealthyVeterans.org

Local and Global Missions of Thomas Road Baptist Church https://trbc.org/give/

In celebration of Rodger’s life, you are welcome to wear your favorite golf shirt, Hokies or Braves shirt, and/or silly socks to his afternoon visitation on Friday.

To send condolences online please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

Watch Rodger Stenzel’s Memorial Service Here

 

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Posted by:
Carole Bramlett

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November 26, 2021

Thinking of you today and wishing we were there to honer the wonderful man and father Roger was.

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Judy Schachter

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November 25, 2021

Rodger was a classmate, the cutest boy in fifth grade which was held in the Methodist church because there were too many kids for North School. He indeed was as others have said, a genuinely nice guy. You have my sympathy, Linda!

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Pam Leonhart Girard

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November 25, 2021

My condolences on your loss. Roger was a classmate and will be missed by all of his Geneseo friends.

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Pam Leonhart Girard

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November 25, 2021

My condolences on your loss. Roger was a classmate and will be missed by all of his Geneseo friends.

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Jim & Elaine Henson

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November 24, 2021

Rodge and I grew up together in Geneseo, IL. We played Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball together, but on different teams. We roomed together with John Shoemaker when we went to Moline Community College. We even had our own private joke about Buck the Hunting Dog. He was fun to be around, and we conversed from time to time, especially when he came to Geneseo. I consider it a privilege to have known him, and I know he will be missed by his family. Our deepest sympathy for Linda and family.

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John and Carol Shoemaker

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November 24, 2021

You Rodger can't come and see us but someday we will see you old friend

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John and Carol Shoemaker

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November 24, 2021

You Rodger can't come and see us but someday we will see you old friend

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Lona Pribble

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November 24, 2021

This is so sad, cancer destroys people and families before their time. I am so sorry Linda and family. As you know Rodger and I were classmates. I always said he was the most handsome man in our class. He was a wonderful guy and I know you all will miss him very much.

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Judy Brower

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November 23, 2021

Linda & family, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. I so loved seeing the outings your family enjoyed together and what a close family you are. You could tell from your photos how much Roger is loved and the love you all share for each other. I am thinking of you my friend through this most difficult time in your life. Love you and hold you all dear to my heart!

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Martin Diana

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November 22, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss!

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K & Rich Losson

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November 22, 2021

We know this lovely man is with Jesus today, suffering no pain and watching over his beloved Linda, his beautiful daughters, his best friend son and his adored grandchildren. He leaves this earth with a legacy of kindness and humor. Roger, you will be missed, but not forgotten. Blessings to your family.

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Janet Lyons

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November 22, 2021

My deepest condolences to my cousin Rodger’s family. I didn’t know he was ill. I live in California so I’m sending my prayers many miles.

Posted by:
Buddy Moran

Posted on:
November 22, 2021

Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss.

 

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