Written by Erren Harter
Attending the funeral for a co-worker is something I believe I have never experienced before.
Yesterday we laid Roger Troutner to rest.
I remember when we hired Roger at Valu-Line. He was finishing up his schooling at the Goodland, Kansas Technical School in the telecommunications area. Valu-Line was growing and needed technicians. The competition for techs at Goodland was strong. We were very excited to land Roger.
He moved here and made Emporia his home. Roger started with Valu-Line which became Birch. After Birch he worked for Stutler Technologies and recently joined the Valu-Net team.
Roger served 4 years in the Navy and was Gulf War Veteran.
He and Deanna were married in 1996 and have three good looking children.
On October 30th Roger lost a courageous battle with leukemia. He had just turned 45.
Roger’s brother said during the service he understood why Roger made Emporia his home citing all the love that has been shared for he and his family during his illness.
The number of friends attending the services was a wonderful tribute to Roger.
Death is a part of life. Unlike those who do not believe, Christians are blessed with hope. That hope is based on a belief of an eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.
Admittedly I struggled during the service to understand how and why this happens to someone so young. But, in those struggles I am reminded and thankful for my Christian upbringing that does give me hope.
On the other side one has to wonder how non-believers get through such ordeals.
Roger was a good man and you know what? I’ll bet God needed a good tech in Heaven.
I’m Steve Sauder