Thursday, December 25, 2014

Roger L. Bidwell

Roger L. Bidwell, 79, passed away at his home in Springfield on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Roger was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Milwaukee, WI, the son of the late Harry and Pearl (Wells) Bidwell. Roger married Marilyn Evans on Oct. 14, 1961. They celebrated 53 years of marriage. Roger worked as a salesman throughout Illinois for over 50 years. He worked at Allis Chalmers, sold office machines, and then went on to work for Pierce-Royal bond selling supplies to funeral service providers. 

Roger loved working and enjoyed all of the people he met over the years through his work. He loved to dine out and travel with friends and family. Roger was an avid golfer. Roger was especially proud of his daughter, who became his caretaker during his final illness.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; his daughter, Linda Bidwell both of Springfield; nephews, Scott and Michael (Cathy) Evans of Champaign, IL; great-nephews: Fletcher, Parker, and Spencer Evans of Champaign, IL; and a sister-in-law, Judy Evans of Champaign.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Mark Evans.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch & Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen St., Springfield, IL 62703. A funeral service officiated by the Rev. Bob Dykman will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at the funeral home. The family will receive guests at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Roger's name may be made to: The YMCA Soccer Program, P.O. Box 155, Springfield, IL 62705 or Memorial Home Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, IL 62702.

Please share in Roger's photo gallery and online Video Memory.