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.