Roger Russell Kistler, 76, of Sheridan, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Sheridan Manor.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Kane Funeral Home, with a cookie reception to follow in the Kane Reception Hall. A private inurnment will be held at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.
Roger was born Oct. 28, 1942, in Mitchell, South Dakota.
When Roger and older brother Eddie were small, the family moved to sunny California. As the boys grew, they were inseparable. They worked together learning how to raise chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits on the small family farm in L.A. County. They also tended the large vegetable garden and competed with each other on whose side of the garden grew best.
They had many hunting and fishing adventures and made lots of friends. Both Roger and Ed agreed, it was a wonderful childhood. Sisters Penny and then Shelley were born completing the family.
Shelley loved animals and had a wonderful way with them. Mom, Goldie, loved to tell how little Shelley would like to switch different litters of puppies and kittens around to different nursing mamas.
Roger was a fan of baseball and would skip school as a youngster to watch the World Series, not missing a single game. He was also a big 49ers and NASCAR fan, and took it hard when Dale Earnhardt died.
Roger lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay area, and also in Sacramento. When his dad Keith suffered a stroke, he moved to Sheridan to care for him and help his Mom with the cows, horses, and haying on their place in Banner.
When Keith entered Sheridan Manor, then Administrator Donna Schultz and staff saw how attentive Roger was to his dad, and if there happened to be another resident nearby needing something. They asked him if he wanted a job. So, he became a CNA, and worked for many years at the Manor. Roger was dedicated, compassionate, and would come in to check on the residents on his time off and even when he moved up to Admittance Coordinator. As he was nearing retirement, he went to work for Sugarland Ridge for his remaining working years.
Preceeding him in death were his parents, Keith and Goldie Kistler, sister Penny, and Winston the wiener dog.
Surviving family include sister Shelley (Mac) McEvoy of Missouri, brother Ed (Annie) Kistler of Roseville, California. Daughters Tami, Patty, Havin, and Rene, and son Michael. Grandchildren: Ryan, Jessica, Amber, Aiisha, James, Mekisha, Shonte, and Michael. Great grandchildren: Rodney, De’Aundre, Genyiah, Galayiah, Nakiah, Kamarie, Sharai, Kairee, Elyiah, Harmonii, Taraja, Makai, and Legend, all of California. Longtime friend, Ann Reed, and his little Yorkie, Baxter.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the staff at Sheridan Manor for the loving care given to Roger in his final days as he fought cancer. Nurses Sarah, Sam, and Wendy; CNAs Kierra, Abby, Jordan, Emily, Lashena, Nicole, and Tania. Also a big thank you to the Jason Ackerman team at Internal Medicine and the staff at Sheridan Memorial Hospital/ICU for helping Roger navigate this time in his life. They are also grateful to Tim Tarver and staff for the expert legal advice, and to Kaye and the staff at Kane Funeral Home.
Memorials for Roger may be made to the Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter, 84 E. Ridge Rd., Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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