PARKER, COLORADO — Roger Dale Freels, 78, or Parker, Colorado, formerly Owensboro, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from an uphill battle with cancer. He was born on December 28, 1944, to the late AD and Ina Ruth Fitzgerald Freels. He is a 1963 graduate of Daviess County High School and is also a graduate of Pasadena College in California. He retired from his position as pharmaceutical representative at Johnson & Johnson after 28 years of service. He was also a pastor in Nebraska, California and Colorado, and served as chaplain for the Colorado State Patrol in Denver.
Roger was an avid UK fan! He had a very adventurous personality which led him to pursue his pilot’s license. He enjoyed many hobbies such as his ’57 Thunderbird convertible, hunting, fishing, camping, RVing, and traveling. He was glad he accomplished visiting each presidential library and most importantly, watching and sharing time with his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his younger brother, Larry Freels.
Roger is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Judi; children, Rod (Jody) of Colorado and Ryan (Jenny) of Olathe, Kansas; grandchildren, Courtney, Danielle, Colton, Boston and Karina; great-grandson, Wesley; siblings, Arnold (Brenda) Freels and Linda (Glenn) Goins Amerson; sisters-in-law, Shirley Freels, Kathy (Larry) Keel of Evansville, Indiana, Connie Freels of Louisville, and Tim (Mary) Freels; along with numerous nephews and nieces.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11:00 am CST at Denver First Church in Denver, Colorado. Live streaming will be available at denverfirstchurch.com.