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“Amazing guy cared about everyone and always seemed to know what to say ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Jean Bohall - stuart

“I am so sorry ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Gary Kern - Elkhart, IA - Friend

“He would always talk to me at church he was a kind and gentle soul ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Peggy and brad cross - IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Brad Cory - Arlington Heights, IL

“ROGERGod looked around his garden and found an empty placeHe then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired faceHe put his arms around you and...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Linda Workman - Newton, IA

“So sorry for your loss Roger was such a wonderful person. Always loved speaking with him. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Jolene Spratt-Praska - Cambridge, IA

“Rest In Peace, my friend. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Keith Hedlund - Slater, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: John Wright - Ankeny, IA

“James 2:8 ways "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" That was Roger and he was an example of that in his life. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Lanny Wilkening - Ames - Family

“So sorry for this tragic loss. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Deb (Campbell) Cook - SC

“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...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Crystal Conroy - Altoona, IA

“So sorry for your loss. A special man. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Robert& Peggy Ault - Elkhart, IA

“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...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne Campbell - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Rick Cory - Bondurant, IA

“Roger always had a smile on his face and was a pillar in the Elkhart Community. He will be missed dearly. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Timothy Butler - Elkhart, IA

“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. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Rita Clemens - Boone, IA - Friend

“Roger this breaks my heart .. you were so sweet and such a joy in Jesus arms ❤ ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Akin - Slater, IA - Friend

“Such a kind loving man-he will be missed at Walmart ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Denise Etter - Ankeny, IA

“I became friends last sept when Roger ran into back of my van.Very nice guy .enjoyed visiting at walmart ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Ronald Claude - ANKENY, IA

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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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