Thursday, October 7, 2010

Celebration of Roger's Life

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers for our family during this difficult time.  We will celebrate Roger's life on Monday in Gulf Breeze, FL.

Monday, October 11, 2010
10:00 AM -10:45AM Visitation
11:00 AM Funeral Services

Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church
75 Fairpoint Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL  32561

In lieu of flowers, please support Roger's mission for his Ride Across America by making a donation to assist victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill online.

1. Visit Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church at,
2. Click one the red "Give Now" link
3. In the other category fill out the comment form with, "Oil Spill Response"

Again, thank you for your prayers.


  1. In memory of Roger,I donated $32 for the Oil Spill Response. Love Steve

  2. I am so very saddened to hear about this wonderful man's tragic ending. I plan on going back to the beginning and reading his entire blog of this amazing, yet final, ride. I hope it brings some comfort for his friends and family through the years to read his words of excitment about his trip.
    Julie Clark Robinson

  3. Just learned about Roger and his venture through a blog cycling member. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

    He sounds like he was an amazing man.

  4. I am heartened to see a man dedicated to passionately working towards a cause to support community and friends. My heart goes out to Roger's family. Much love to you!
    Sarah Tone (Reno, Nevada)

  5. My sincere condolences to Roger's family from a fellow bicyclist/blogger in Toronto, Canada.

  6. Devastated
    Vicky, it is 3:20 pm on October 7th. We just got your email and checked the Blog. We are utterly, completely and totally devastated. Oh my, the memories, most resent having you both spend a night here with us and just for a few hours on the epic journey. Please lord, take care of Roger, make him a saint and protect his family from the anguish we feel in the loss of a good man, husband, father and friend. How can this be, oh lord, how can this be?

  7. I am so sorry for Roger's death and so grateful that men like him have had such goodness. The world has lost a wonderful person.

  8. I hope the Blue Angels will be able to make a flyover for the service. I am reminded of the first and last verses of "High Flight" .

    Oh- I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth.
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


  9. I worked with Roger at the University of Nebraska and was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the accident. To the Grooters family...I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Blessings, Ann Chiganos

  10. We met Roger and Vicki on 10-3-10 as we were cycling west. They were so kind to take a photo and offer to list our blog on his site as we are riding for Children's Miracle Network. We will share his cause also. He obviously was a much beloved man with a big heart who will be greatly missed. We are honored to have crossed his path. To Vicki and family/friends: May peace cup your hearts & hold them gently. Norb & Ann Bagley