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Roger L. Waldren, 71, formerly of 119 S. Ash St., died at 8:22 a.m. October 25, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
He was born June 19, 1946 near Argyle, IA to Leroy "Barney" and Doris Bentzinger Waldren. He married Penny Stockton Manus in August of 1991 and she preceded him in death on May 20, 2017.
A graduate of Central Lee High School, Roger was an agent for primarily American Family Insurance and held various sales positions while living in Colorado and Florida. In 1989 he moved to Ottumwa and had worked at Klassi Kloset.
He was an involved supporter of Jacob's Gift.
Surviving are his children, Mike Waldren of Ankeny and Jennifer (Matt) Stookey of Solon; step-children, Angela (Jon) Pedersen, Christopher (Melinda) Manus, James Manus and Matthew (Gia) Manus; 3 grandchildren, Skyler, Savannah and Zander; 8 step-grandchildren; and a sister, Sheila Waldren of Fort Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Skinner officiating. Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to Jacob's Gift.
Published on October 26, 2017
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