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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
Fax: (231) 723-1029
Roger Vasquez

Roger Vasquez

Tuesday, May 7th, 1974 - Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
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Roger Vasquez, 45, of Manistee, Michigan, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in Mason County.
He was born on May 7, 1974 in Manistee, the son of Ruben and Juanita (Anaya) Vasquez. Roger attended Manistee High School and was a graduate of the class of 1993. He attended Ferris State University and West Shore Community College, prior to gaining his corrections certification and working as a Corrections Officer at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee. In 2002, Roger returned to work for a former employer, Republic Services. Most currently, Roger served as Operations Manager for Republic Services.
Roger married Jill Soltes on May 22, 2004 at St Mary’s of Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee.
Some of Roger’s favorite activities included golfing, boating, camping, and making others laugh with his infectious laughter and personality. Roger most enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends.
Roger was active in many community volunteer activities and was always willing to help others in need. Roger was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and Manistee Moose Lodge 1128.
Roger is survived by his wife: Jill Vasquez; his children, Olivia and Noah Vasquez; his parents, Ruben and Juanita Vasquez; his sister and brother-in-law, Rachel Vasquez and Cliff Kuenzer; paternal grandmother, Irene Vasquez; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Jean Soltes; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Rachel Soltes; nephews, Logan, Jordan and Justen, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Roger was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Reyes and Maurilla Anaya; his paternal grandfather, Simon Vasquez and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral mass from the order of Christian funerals for Roger will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Saturday February 8, 2020 at Oak Grove Funeral Home in Manistee with Father Pablo Martinez officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday February 7, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00PM with an evening vigil service being held at 8:00PM. Visitation will also take place on Saturday morning at the funeral home from 10:00am until time of service. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Manistee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Stomp Out Cancer Fund, PO Box 783, Manistee, Michigan 49660.
The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Manistee.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    Address
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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    Notes
    Prayer Vigil to be held at 8 PM, Friday February 7, 2020 at the funeral home.
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    Address
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Prayer Vigil to be held at 8 PM, Friday February 7, 2020 at the funeral home.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    Address
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Pablo Martinez
  • Interment

    Location
    Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    Maple and Merkey Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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Mike hagadorn

Posted at 10:05pm
Roger was the most caring man I have ever known . It didn't matter to him if you were a friend or not his love of helping others was
AMAZING !!! Myself and my family will never forget you .
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Sara Padden

Posted at 04:38pm
There was never a time when I saw Roger where he did not greet me with a smile, with kindness, and joy. Every single time. He was so inclusive and involved.... my heart hurts for the pain of loss. Even as a simple acquaintance, it is a loss I feel.
Roger was a light. I feel so lucky to have known what it was to have had it shine on me in all these years....
HS

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Posted at 10:31am
Olivia & Noah, we are deeply sorry about the loss of your dad, Roger. May you both know your Father's love is with you always.
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jeannie lewis

Posted at 10:52pm
Roger and Jill bought my house in Robinson Street. I had one cat left when I moved. When that last cat passed away I called and asked I could bury this cat with his brother near the corner of the yard. Roger sounded a little surprised but did not hesitate to agree. When I arrived with the cat Roger had already dug the hole making it easier on me. He became my hero that day.
When I moved I was in such a hurry, I had to leave some things in the garage. When I moved the last of it a few weeks later, I told Roger I was aware that the garage was supposed to be included with the house in the sale and thanked him for his patience. He was great at tolerating my bad jokes. This is a wonderful family and I have fond memories of each one. May the strength that has brought them this far carry then through the dark days ahead and bring them back into the sunshine
HS

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Posted at 04:44pm
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