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“Rog and I were great friends for 15 years. Here are some of my memories of Rog. Playing frisbee in the back yard; he was better than I. Music...Read More »
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Hawaii visit 2002
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“What a joy it was to be around "Reverend Roach" - he taught me, among other things, the joys of a good pipe. He'll be missed, but we'll meet again...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Thomas family - MD

“Rog was my brother-in-law, and when I tell others about him, I seem to always begin by saying he was probably the smartest person I've ever met and...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jeanne Van Staalduinen - Pantego, NC

Roger was my uncle. We were always laughing together.  I remember when we would do jokes on each other and try to make each other laugh. I remember him coming to our house, and I also remember all the vacations I went on with him, especially the most rece “Roger was my uncle. We were always laughing together. I remember when we would do jokes on each other and try to make each other laugh. I remember...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Ryan Natelborg - Prairie City, IA

I was privileged to have Rog as a brother-in-law!  He was such a blast to hang out with, play frisbee with and some of my best memories of him were listening to old-time rock and roll songs and hearing his exciting stories from when he lived in Africa.  W “I was privileged to have Rog as a brother-in-law! He was such a blast to hang out with, play frisbee with and some of my best memories of him were...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Sonya Natelborg - Prairie City, IA

Rog was my brother-in-law and when I think of him and his affect on our family and me, my heart is full.  Rog was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known.  He was incredibly well-read and a complete philosopher at heart!  You might think that “Rog was my brother-in-law and when I think of him and his affect on our family and me, my heart is full. Rog was one of the most intelligent people...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Roxine Hoekman - Seattle, WA

“Rog was so cool. As a teenager growing up in Sierra Leone, Rog and Von were my neighbors (10 miles away). Rog loved to listen to music - in the car...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Matthew Kortenhoven - MI

“Sending our love and prayers that God will hold you extra close❣❣❣Chuck and Lorie ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Lorie DeYoung - Allendale, MI

“So sorry Yvonne and kids. I remember Rog as a person who could talk to anyone about anything. He and Mike had fun conversations at some of the...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Colleen Harrington - Brookfield, WI

“So many memories of Rog. My sincere sympathy to you Nikki and Zac. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Lois Veenstra - Zeeland, MI

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13 of 14 | Posted by: Henry Bosch - Edmonton, Alberta, AL

“Dear Von, we are so sorry to hear of Rog's passing. We were reminded of the first time we met Rog. All 4 of us went to the Pizza Hut in Pipestone. We...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Arlene Punt - Edgerton, MN


Roger Kraker was born on November 10, 1948 in Grand Haven, MI and died April 9, 2018 at his home in Spring Hill TN.
Rog graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and went on to complete his Master's of Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1980. Rog married Yvonne Hoekman just after graduation and they embarked on their adventure of working for Christian Reformed World Missions in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They worked for the next 18 years in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Rog considered these years of living and working in Africa the most significant and meaningful years of his life.
In 1998,the Kraker family returned to the United States and Rog went through training in Hawaii to become a certified chaplain. Starting in 2002, he worked as a hospital chaplain in Milwaukee, WI until 2010 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Throughout his 8+ years of living with Alzheimer's Disease, he was lovingly cared for by his family at home. Throughout these years, Rog never lost his desire to make a meaningful contribution to this world. One of the greatest challenges he faced in his last decade was the limitation on his ability to travel and explore the world. Reading the journal he wrote throughout his years in Africa provided stimulation and joy for Rog until the end of his life and these writings will continue to be treasured by his family.

Rog is survived by his wife of 38 years, Yvonne Hoekman Kraker, his daughter Nikki, son Zachary, granddaughter Alyrah, and his sisters Mary and Sue. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sasha, parents Gerald and Evelyn Kraker, and his brother Jim Kraker.

Given that Rog's family and friends are spread throughout the country and the world, the family invites everyone to share their favorite stories, memories and photos of Rog at http://tributes.com/RogKraker.