Roger Lee Wolford 79 of Irving passed peacefully in his home in the early hours of November 7, 2022, in the presence of his family.
He was born in Lincoln Nebraska to Clayton and Lucille (Knodle) Wolford on March 22, 1943.
He was raised in rural Witt and Fillmore townships. He attended Fillmore grade school and graduated from Nokomis High School in 1961.
He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for two years and was a founding member of the SIU-C Sport Parachute Club.
Roger worked various jobs including, Hedlund Ski factory in Nokomis and Allis Chalmers in Springfield.
He lived in Clearwater FL several years running a small construction company.
He married Vicki Green and later divorced. They had one son Brandon.
For several summers he worked as the chief skydiver for the Tommy Barlett Water Show in the Wisconsin Dells.
He spent the remainder of his working life as an electrical engineer with several Chicago electrical firms, building nuclear power plants and reconditioning coal fire power plants in several states.
In retirement he had a house built in rural Irving in the woods with a pond where he enjoyed fishing and entertaining a host of friends and a black powder shooting club and family.
He is survived by his brother Richard Wolford of rural Fillmore and a sister Margo Kettelkamp of Houghton New York, one niece, two nephews, five great nieces and two great nephews.
A private burial will be held at Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore IL.
Hough & Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.