Roger Cory

  • Born: September 17, 1947
  • Died: August 31, 2020
  • Location: Elkhart, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Roger Dale Cory, age 72, passed away August 31, 2020 in the ICU at Methodist Hospital of Covid-19. The visitation and funeral will be held at the Elkhart Christian Church (252 NW Washington Ave. Elkhart, Iowa). The visitation will be held Friday, September 4, 2020 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. The funeral will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. with the burial to follow at Elkhart Cemetery. There will be a virtual option on Saturday, September 5th if you are unable to attend in person. Masks are highly advised, and those attending the services must social distance.

Roger was born on the September 17, 1947, to Jack and Elaine Cory in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Elkhart, Iowa and graduated from North Polk High School. Roger then moved to Kansas to complete trade school for auto repair. Soon after he moved back to Iowa and pursued several careers before becoming a Pepsi repair man for the next 40 years.

Roger was a very spiritual man who enjoyed the company of his loved ones along with all the people he met. Roger was graced with a kidney transplant on New Year's Day 2013 that enabled him to enjoy several more years with his family. In 2014 he was honored with a year as Grand Chaplin of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a motorcycle and car enthusiast and had an appreciation for westerns. Roger was a pillar of the Elkhart community and spent his free time maintaining his pop machine and generously giving out pop to those who stopped.

After Roger retired from Pepsi, he missed the company of others, so he went back to work as a greeter at Walmart. He was always seen with a smile and kind words, whether it was family or a complete stranger, until the day he died. Roger was an angel on Earth and God gets to have him back.

Roger is survived by his mother, Elaine; and other family and friends. He is joined in death with father, Jack; brother, Randy; first wife, Doris; and second wife, Paula.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Amazing guy cared about everyone and always seemed to know what to say

Posted by Jean Bohall - stuart - Family Friend   September 07, 2020

I am so sorry

Posted by Gary Kern - Elkhart, IA - Friend   September 05, 2020

He would always talk to me at church he was a kind and gentle soul

Posted by Peggy and brad cross - west desmoines, IA - Friend   September 05, 2020

One of my favorite memories was how surprised my friends were when I could simply walk up to the Pepsi guyin high school and get a free pop. It was even better when they realized the guy in Elkhart with the soda machine was my very nice uncle. You were always considerate and had a contagious smile. Rest In Peace with Uncle Randy and grandpa Jack.

Posted by Brad Cory - Arlington Heights, IL - Family   September 05, 2020


God looked around his garden and found an empty place
He then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
God's garden must be beautiful he always takes the best
He knew that you were suffering he knew that you would never get well on earth again
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb
So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace be thine"
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didnt go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

Rest in peace Roger! Your cousin Linda

Posted by Linda Workman - Newton, IA   September 04, 2020

So sorry for your loss Roger was such a wonderful person. Always loved speaking with him.

Posted by Jolene Spratt-Praska - Cambridge, IA - Friend   September 04, 2020

Rest In Peace, my friend.

Posted by Keith Hedlund - Slater, IA - Classmate   September 04, 2020

Rodger was a darn good man everybody at the Ankeny Wal-Mart liked him
His smile and soft replies got me through some bad days
I will miss you my friend until the day comes when we will meet again and talk about those motorcycle riding days again
Mark a path for we ride another day!!!!!

Posted by John Wright - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   September 04, 2020

James 2:8 ways "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" That was Roger and he was an example of that in his life.

Posted by Lanny Wilkening - Ames - Family   September 03, 2020

So sorry for this tragic loss.

Posted by Deb (Campbell) Cook - North Myrtle Beach, SC   September 03, 2020

I met Roger at Walmart and later found out he was the man who has the famous "pop tree" in Elkhart. I always made sure when I went to Walmart to go in the south doors because that's usually where he was at. Occasionally he'd fool me and I'd have to go to the other end. He always greeted me with a huge smile and a hug. (That was before Covid). I worked a sweet corn stand in the summers and would drop some off to Roger every now and then. I loved to see him smile. I don't know of anyone who didn't love him. Talking to him was such a pleasure. I moved out of Elkhart 2 years ago and totally lost contact with him but his smile and zest for life will be with me forever. Rest in peace my dear friend. We'll chat again when I meet you in heaven.

Posted by Crystal Conroy - Altoona, IA - Friend   September 02, 2020

So sorry for your loss. A special man.

Posted by Robert& Peggy Ault - Elkhart, IA - Friend   September 02, 2020

Roger's beautiful heart, smiling face, encouraging words, his joyful laugh... will be missed every day. You are a treasure. I can't wait to see you again in heaven.

Posted by Suzanne Campbell - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   September 02, 2020

I was very proud to have you as my Big Brother the times we spent was priceless, my favorite memory was when you shared your faith in Jesus and was baptized. Say hi to Jesus for me , I'll be there in Eternity with you some day , looking forward to it.

Posted by Rick Cory - Bondurant, IA - brother   September 02, 2020

Roger always had a smile on his face and was a pillar in the Elkhart Community. He will be missed dearly.

Posted by Timothy Butler - Elkhart, IA - Friend   September 02, 2020

He will always be remembered...
Thinking of you and wishing you comfort as you honor the life of a Man who meant so much to you.

Posted by Rita Clemens - Boone, IA - Friend   September 02, 2020

Roger this breaks my heart .. you were so sweet and such a joy in Jesus arms ❤

Posted by Mary Akin - Slater, IA - Friend   September 02, 2020

Such a kind loving man-he will be missed at Walmart

Posted by Denise Etter - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   September 02, 2020

I became friends last sept when Roger ran into back of my van.Very nice guy .enjoyed visiting at walmart

Posted by Ronald Claude - ANKENY, IA - Friend   September 02, 2020