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September 2, 1934 - January 16, 2019

Burial Date January 22, 2019

Visitation for Roger will take place on Monday, January 21st from 4-8p.m. at the Joldersma-Klein Funeral Home.  The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd at the funeral home beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a graveside committal with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan beginning at 1:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or The Wounded Warriors Project, c/o of the funeral home.  Friends and family are encouraged to leave a condolence message on his guest register.  

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Roger L. “The Dang Legend” Wedig, Sr., passed away peacefully, after a strong, hard battle with many health issues, including cancer in the late 1970s. His family was by his side when he made his final journey on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  He was born on September 2, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Gordon J. and Margaret Wedig. Roger honorably served our country in the US Navy during the Korean War. While in the Navy, Roger met Donna on a blind date, and within a couple of weeks, became newlyweds. He had convinced Donna that he had to get married. He enjoyed many things, including camping, fishing, hunting, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, as a Boy Scout Leader.  He was a Wheeler-Dealer, buying and selling musical equipment, cars, and was truly a jack of all trades, and even built home-made water beds. As a musician, he formed his own country-western bands which included “Roger and the Good- Timers” and the “Midwest Mountaineers”, and remained friends with his band mates throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed making up silly songs about ordinary, everyday things and told his stories through his music. Roger always began with “Hey, listen… let me tell you somethin”… always a teeny bit exaggerated. He had convinced his grandkids (and some are still convinced) that he had an alligator in the basement. Roger had a nickname for everyone and everything and loved everyone who crossed his path.  He was the master of humorous sarcasm and made all his family feel like they were his favorite. Roger had a servant’s heart made of gold.  He never met someone he couldn’t talk to. His music was extremely important to him and always wanted to sing special music for his church and his family and friends.  After his first wife, Donna passed away, Roger had attended a dance for “Parents Without Partners” at Airway Lanes and ended up meeting a gal named Barbara Novitsky, and married her the next year on November 12, 1988.  Together, they recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. They made more memories together with each other’s families. He included everyone and opened his heart and home to all who crossed his path. He was there for everyone at every turn. The stories they created together would make a best-selling novel (Ta-Da!). He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna, his parents, a brother, Gordon and a great grandson Riley Rhodes.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Barbara, and their children, Diana Chenoweth, Roger (Jana) Wedig; Tammy (Dennis) Kohler; Dawn (Jason) Fitch; Josey (Ray) Campbell; Susan (Scot) Moore and John Novitsky, 22 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren.