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The Roger Lee Channel

The Roger Lee Channel


Roger Lee Channel, 79, of Libertyville, died Nov. 25, 2022, at Parkview Care Center.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, December 5, 2022 at Behner Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., December 6, 2022, at Faith United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Fell Cemetery, Libertyville, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family and mailed to Terri Channel, PO Box 262, Libertyville, IA 52567.

Roger was born in Fairfield, Iowa on October 7, 1943 to Herschel and Mildred Smith Channel. He married Terri Maddix at the Methodist Church in Libertyville, Iowa, on June 4, 1967. They were the parents of two children, Ryan Lee and Regan Linn.

Roger grew up south of Libertyville, spending his entire life in the Libertyville area. He graduated from the 8th grade in Libertyville and Fairfield High School with the class of 1962. After high school, in October 1962, he enlisted in the Army. Roger was stationed in Verona, Italy from 1963 to 1965, he traveled through parts of Europe in the Pistol team from 1963 to 1964.

After returning from the service, he attended Parsons College, where he worked for a time in the business office. Roger worked for Louden Machinery Company, John Morrell & Company and remained at ACCO Chain and Lifting until his retirement in 2001, then worked as a custodian at Pence Elementary School until his retirement in 2009.

Roger was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and served as a trustee. He has also been a member of the American Quarter Horse Association since 1969 and a member of the National Rifle Association. Roger’s interest in horses began at an early age. He got his first horse at age 10 and went on to own and raise Registered Quarter Horses with his wife on their farm south of Libertyville.

Some of Roger’s other interests were boating, working with horses, landscaping with his wife, watching and feeding birds, but most of all traveling, especially to see his grandchildren.

Roger will be missed by his wife of 55 years, Terri; children, Ryan (Amanda) Channel of Glenelg, MD and Regan (Kellee) of Kilbourn, IA; three grandchildren, Owen, Reese and Serenity; sister, Mary Ann (Larry) Eklund of Libertyville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Mildred Channel; grandson, Mark Eklund.

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