Roger was born on September 13, 1942 to Delos and Maxine (Earl) Hilts in Kalamazoo, MI. He was called home by our Heavenly Father on November 8, 2019.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister Sharon (Ed) Buys, his son Kelly Brooks, daughters Della Hilts, Shelly (Jim) Belka, and Christina Thompson. Also surviving are his grandchildren Elizabeth Hoyt, Kim (Matt) Noble, Eric (Ashlea) Belka, Tamara Hoyt, Roger Hilts, Aubry (Jed) Noble, Brock Sabo, and Kierah Thompson; His great grandchildren Ethan Flickinger, Matthew Noble, Eric Belka, Lola Harig, Shelby Flickinger, Brennan Hoyt, Mia Hilts, Maybelle Noble, Dallas Belka, Jaylynn Gentry, Luci Noble, Baylee Hilts, Winston Noble, Lester Noble and many nieces and nephews.
In 1942 we were a country at war, you could buy a bottle of soda for a nickel and a gallon of gas for 15 cents and the Hilts lovingly welcomed Roger into this world at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Roger grew up in times where there was much uncertainty in this country he attended school at both Martin Public and Allegan Public.
Roger worked hard throughout his life; he retired after 32 years from Peters Construction. Roger was a member of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Roger often didn’t know when to quit when it came to work around the house like stacking wood and other projects. He loved to run equipment and was stubborn when it came to letting other people do stuff for him.
In 1964 Roger married Myrtle Sparks (who survives) and although they divorced they continue to spend time as a family with their children and grandchildren.
Roger loved his family he loved his son and his three daughters and loved to spend time with them. During retirement you could find him riding around in his mule with his beloved sidekick Patches, or being driven around the property like Miss Daisy which he enjoyed. Roger enjoyed old country and gospel music and any music played by his grandson Eric, Nascar, football and Westerns on television.
Roger had an open door policy at his home, friends and family were aware that they could stop in at any time, unannounced for a visit. Most days you could find a group of people around his table laughing and visiting. Roger was quite a ladies man and loved to flirt. He was a collector of hugs, his goals was to get as many as he could thru his life.
Roger was loved and will be greatly missed by so many. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, and Poppy to many.
Friends may visit with Roger’s family starting at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Mike Risner officiating.
Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.