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Roger Wayne Fryer

April 1, 1957 — April 21, 2024

Roger Wayne Fryer, a man of unwavering kindness and boundless generosity, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2024, at the age of 67. Born on April 1, 1957, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Roger's life was a testament to the power of love, laughter, and the sheer joy of a life well-lived.

Roger spent his final moments in St. Joseph, Michigan, surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. He leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication in his wife of nearly three decades, Laurie (Gray) Fryer, whom he married on November 24, 1997, in Savannah, Tennessee. The bond they shared was a beacon of steadfast partnership and mutual respect.

A devoted father, Roger's pride and joy were his children: Angela Fryer-Nutto, Theresa Fryer, Samantha Fryer, and Heather Deuel (Layman). Each of them carries a piece of their father's spirit - his strength, his humor, and his capacity for unconditional love. His grandchildren, Dominic Johnson, Madison Nutto, Jackson Deuel, Madelyn Deuel, and Miranda Layman, will remember their grandfather as a playful soul, always ready with a joke or a helping hand.

Roger was the cherished son of Eldon Fryer and the late Marilyn Fryer. He was a caring brother to Kevin Fryer, Terry Fryer, and Kim Fryer-Small.  He was preceded in death by his sister Toni Michelle Fryer. His familial ties were a source of immense pride and comfort, and his presence as a central figure in the Fryer family will be deeply missed.

Professionally, Roger was known as a skilled diesel mechanic, a career that capitalized on his innate ability to understand and repair complex machinery. His hands were rarely clean, always tinkering, building, or fixing anything that came his way. Colleagues respected him for his expertise and dedication, but even more so for his willingness to lend a hand whenever needed.

Roger's life was one of active engagement and full-hearted participation. His Yamaha motorcycle was more than a vehicle; it was his companion on countless adventures and a symbol of his free spirit. The family described Roger as a "stubborn bull" but he sure had a heart of gold.

It was often said that Roger was a stranger to no one. His great sense of humor and selfless nature meant that he formed lasting bonds with all who crossed his path. He was a man who lived his values, demonstrating through action what it means to be loving, kind, and generous.

To encapsulate Roger's essence is to speak of a heart of gold - a heart that beat not just for himself, but for everyone in his orbit. He was a beacon of light and warmth, a source of laughter and comfort, and a pillar of strength for his family and friends.

As we bid farewell to Roger Wayne Fryer, we do so with hearts full of gratitude for the time we were privileged to share with him. His legacy is etched not only in the memories of his loved ones but also in the countless lives he touched with his extraordinary compassion and humanity.

Roger's life was a journey of love, laughter, and service, and though his physical presence is no longer with us, his spirit continues to inspire and guide. He lived fully, loved deeply, and laughed heartily, leaving an indelible mark on the world that will never be forgotten. Roger Wayne Fryer was, and always will be, the epitome of a life beautifully lived.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bowerman Funeral Home in Eau Claire, MI.  No services are planned at this time.

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