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Roger C. King

February 27, 1932 ~ June 28, 2018 (age 86)

Roger C. King, 86, of Buffalo Grove, IL and Cable, WI passed away peacefully June 28, 2018.   Born in Rockford, IL, he was the beloved husband of 63 years to Eileen Shumaker.  He is also survived by his daughters Catherine (Chris) Guse and Patricia (Rick) Mika; grandchildren, Jessica (Josh) Keller, Jamie (Jon) Farber, Jeanna Anderson, Ryan Mika, Heather (James) Hoeft, and Hannah Mika; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Raymond (Cathy) King.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda (Dennis) Dohse.

Roger served in the Korean War with the United States Marine Corps where he received 2 Purple Hearts, one earned during the Battle at the Chosin Resevoir.  After he was released from active duty, he graduated from Illinois State University where he met and married the love of his life, Eileen.   After graduation, Roger taught physical education and tennis at Lincolnwood Junior High School and Niles East High School.  In 1963, Roger began his 27-year career teaching physical education and directing the tennis program at Maine West High School.  In addition, he initiated and maintained the tennis program for 20 years with the Des Plaines Park District.  He was inducted into the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988.  After retiring from Maine West, Roger went on to be an instructor and men’s tennis coach at Harper College in Palatine for several years.

Roger and Eileen spent their summer months at their home on Lake Namakagon near Cable, WI where he enjoyed fishing, playing golf and a good game of pinochle or cribbage with friends.  The King family has been vacationing in the Cable area since the late 1930’s and on Lake Namakagon since 1956.  

A mass in celebration of Roger’s life will be held at St. Ann’s Church in Cable, WI on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 1 PM followed by an open house from 3 PM until 5 PM at Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon.   A celebration or Roger's life will also be held in Buffalo Grove at a later date. 


Donations may be made to:

JourneyCare Foundation
2050 Claire Ct., Glenview IL 60025
Tel: 1-224-770-2489
Web: https://journeycare.org/journeycare-foundation/memorial-giving/


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