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Roger William Ohlrich

Roger William Ohlrich, age 77, of Alto, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and went to meet his Lord and Savior. Roger grew up in Rogers City MI the second of seven siblings. His father owned a blacksmith shop and Roger was a skilled welder and fabricator. Roger was a truck driver owner/operator through Shoemaker – MarJo trucking for 30 years, he was known to many as the “storyteller”. Roger absolutely loved a good joke and had a great wit and memory of hundreds of them.  He had a knack for commanding a room with humor and would share a joke anytime with anyone just to make them laugh. Roger also loved farm tractors. He would tinker on, paint and drive tractors and enjoyed tractor and truck shows and tractor pulls with his family and grandson.  A green thumb was also a talent of Rogers. He was an avid gardener for many years and grew and sold some of the best sweet corn at his home and sold it at his driveway farm stand. He drove his tractor and a produce wagon through Tyler Creek Campground and sold his fresh produce to campers from far and wide – way before it was the trend. He heated his home with wood for many years and enjoyed many days in the woods cutting wood with friends and family. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and he loved them dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Johanna Ohlrich; brothers, Gordon Ray Robarge and Gerald Clyde Ohlrich; his first wife, Myrtle Maxine Ohlrich. He will be lovingly remembered and missed greatly by his wife, Donna; his daughter, Lori and husband, Ken Giar; his son, Roger and wife, Karen Ohlrich; his daughter, Jan and husband, Paul Wells; his step children, Korey Kidder (Vicki), Doug and Holly Kidder; his grandchildren, Jamie and Joe Kahnoski,  Julie and Terry Trudell, Jennifer and Chad Sanborn, Candy Allen, William Ohlrich, Alex Ohlrich, Tyler and Melissa Ohlrich, Cody and Julie Wells, Lacey and Julio Miranda – Wells, Kayla Wells, Zach Wells, Riley, Tegan, Kinsey, Tate, Bailey and Brennan Kidder;  21 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Carol Diederich, Joyce Konwinski, Linda and Jim Reisner,  Edward Robarge.   Funeral services will be held 2 pm Tuesday, January 14 at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 616 E. Main St. SE, Caledonia. Interment Bowne Center Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

  1. While I did not know Roger personally, I did meet him on a couple of occasions. I did know his daughter, Jan Wells, her husband Paul, his grandchildren, & great grandchildren personally. May God watch over all of his family in the days ahead! Donna you and the whole family are in my prayers. My deepest condolences to all

    - Barb Lambert
  2. I am so sorry for your loss. i just renewed friendship with Donna, Corey and Doug at the Christmas gathering. Karen O I have known a few years through Hope Network. My prayers for you and others for peace of heart with this sudden loss.

    - Karen Harton
  3. So sorry for your loss, prayers for the family,

    - Sheryl A Haynes

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