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Roger LeRoy Burtner

Birth Date: September 5, 1939
Death Date: May 16, 2017

Roger LeRoy Burtner, 77, of Decatur, went to be with the Lord May 16, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
He was born September 5, 1939, in Decatur, IL to Kenneth LeRoy and Gwendolyn Lorraine (Watkins) Burtner. Roger graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1957. He proudly served in the United States Army. He married Barbara Jean Foster on August 12, 1972, in Decatur. She passed away October 27, 2014. He worked for Tolly’s Grocery for many years and retired from Furrows Lumber. Roger was a member of the Masons and the Shriners. He was very compassionate towards many charities, especially ASPCA and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth Raleigh of Cape Coral, FL; three step children, Cindy Ford, Robin Gray-Woodall and Tim Coverstone all of Decatur; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Barbara.
Honoring Roger’s wishes, cremation services will be provided by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to ASPCA or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, in his name. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

No Services Planned
May 17, 2017
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Roger and I were best friends back in the 1970's. We were motorcycle buddies and poker players. I'll remember Roger as a lot of fun at the poker games that we held at his Mother's house. We also spent lots of hours riding our motorcycles in places where street bikes shouldn't be taken, into the woods around Decatur. He was a good friend and humble person. God bless his soul and have mercy on his grieving family.

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