Roger J. Menke, 63, of Bonaparte, IA and formerly of Ft. Madison, IA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 10:59 PM at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.
He was born on June 5, 1960, in Ft. Madison, IA, to James and Mary Korte Menke. On September 9, 2006, he married Sharon Olberding at Community Field in Burlington, IA. Roger was a forklift driver for Mid-Am Building Supply in Mt. Pleasant. He was a 1979 graduate of FMHS. Roger was an avid fan of all sports. He was inducted into the Iowa Coaches Association Hall of Fame as an official in 2018. He was Deputy UIC for girls travel ball and umpired softball games almost every weekend and was also a Big Ten replay official. He was also a member of IGSAU and IHSSA for almost 40 years. Roger was a member of the Southeast Iowa Regional Fire Honor Guard and served as Quarter Master. He loved going on nightly rides with his babies, Bella and TJ. Most of all, Roger loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Menke of Bonaparte, IA; his children, Ryan (Alex) Menke of Danville, IA, Tony Menke of Waipahu, HI, Elena (Kenny) Link of Burlington, IA, Kristina (Josh) Reslow of Stuart, IA, and Kelli Berner of Bonaparte, IA; his grandchildren, Dayton, Rylley, Noah, Addison, Alex, Nathan, Addison, Zayla, Xenia, Taylor, Lillyanna, and Chase; his beloved babies, Bella and TJ; two brothers, Ronald (Sue) Menke of Ft. Madison, IA, and Jerry (Jeanne) Menke of Danville, IA; two sisters, Betty Witte of Ft. Madison, IA, and Nancy (Kelly) Dowell of Fairhope, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew in infancy.
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 11, 2023, from 3:00-6:00 PM at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church in Ft. Madison. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 9:30 AM at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church, with Rev. Gary Beckman officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory and online condolences may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.