Obituary

Roger D. Chylek

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died January 8th, 2015

Roger D. Chylek, 65, Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He was born on September 27, 1950 in Escanaba, son of John and Marilyn Lou (Chylek) Newberg. Roger graduated from Escanaba High School in 1968 and served in the Michigan National Guard.

On December 12, 1970 Roger married Judith “Judy” Porath at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Escanaba.

Roger was employed with Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba and eventually became owner of John’s Northland Store.

He loved woodworking, gardening and cheering on his sport teams, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and the Black Hawks. Roger was also a little league coach, Sunday school teacher and council member of Christ the King Lutheran Church and Escanaba City Board of Equilization and Review.

Among his survivors include his wife, Judy of Escanaba; son, Nathan (Nicole) Chylek of Jenison, MI; daughter, Tara (Greg) Bruce of Gladstone; grandsons, Carter, Drew and Pryor Chylek and Devin and Dylan Bruce; sisters, Sherry Austin (Don Doztator) of Marshall, MI, Lynn Chylek (Sharon Harr) of Escanaba, Kris (Tim) Clemins of Marquette, MI, Denise Chylek of Denver, CO and Jackie (Ken) LaMarche of Escanaba; brothers and sisters in law, Bill (Mary) Porath, Mike (Anne Marie) Porath and Janie (Bob) Robinette; and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in law, Bill and Lorraine Porath; brother, John Chylek; and brother in law, Berry Austin.

In keeping with Roger’s wishes, there will be no public services. A private memorial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Tara Bruce, 303 Ketcham Street, Gladstone, MI 49837.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Chylek family.

5 Tributes to “Roger D. Chylek”

  1. I meet Roger in 1958 and did cube scouts and boy scouts with him. I also worked with him at P&H. We played chess in fact he taught me the game. He was a very good friend and will be missed. Sorry for your loss. the world was a better place with him here. Bob

  2. We were so sorry to hear about Roger’s passing. John and I knew him at different times in our lives, and we both thought a lot of him. John remembers him fondly from baseball when they were boys whereas I remember his many kindnesses to my parents when they were housebound in their later years. He delivered groceries to them frequently and brightened their days and their lives with his friendly conversation. He was a wonderful and special person.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Mary (Bisdee) and John Vardigan

  3. So sorry for your loss! Prayers and best wishes to you and your’s!

  4. I too knew Roger from playing Little League baseball
    on his dad’s Rotary team. I thought the world of his
    dad, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
    Roger was a kind and good man, and the world was a
    better place with him in it. So sorry for your loss!

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