Roger Feikema

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Roger Feikema Roger Feikema went to Heaven on June 8, 2018. He was born in Highland, Indiana on November 5, 1933 and relocated to Bradenton with his family in 1977 after having honeymooned here with his bride Evelyn in September of 1957. Roger will be remembered first for his dedication to God, family, friends, and Christian education. He served as a church deacon and elder, a school board member, and a steady supporter of many projects at church and school in both places he lived. With his wife of more than sixty years, he reared four children and guided twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren by his example of faith and hard work. His friends knew him to be loyal, funny, kind, and generous. Anyone who ever met Roger also knew that he loved cars. As children, he and his older brother, Orville designed and constructed winning entries for the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild Model Car Competition in Detroit. His early tinkering with tractors on his parents' farm led him to his first job as an auto mechanic and later into his ownership of Roger's Tool Sales, a Mac Tools franchise in Indiana. Along the way, he invented a slotless toy racecar track for which he earned his first of several patents. He had an innate ability to design and implement mechanical solutions and fix anything. When he moved to Bradenton, he partnered with Harry Bakker at Trailmate, a Sarasota manufacturer of adult tricycles, bicycles, lawn mowers, and edgers. In charge of research and development, Roger designed the Funcycle, the Joyrider, and several other new or refined products for the company. Upon retirement from Trailmate, Roger invested in and managed commercial properties around Manatee County and developed strong friendships with his tenants and other business associates. Roger continued to pursue his mechanical and inventive interests by designing and building cars. He built fiberglass molds to craft a Jaguar XKE body attached to a Mazda RX7 chassis. He also built the frame and fiberglass molds for two Scarabs, replicas of Lance Raventlow's 1960 sleek blue racecar, and then traded the molds for Cale Yarborough's white and orange NASCAR stock car. We feel certain that Roger is racing around Heaven right now with his dear brother, Orville, who also built cars in Bradenton. Roger awaits a joyful reunion in Heaven with those he leaves behind: his loving wife, Evelyn; his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren, Donna and Jeff Brussee, Jenna and Andrew Owens and their son, William, Jon and Alyssa Brussee, and Jason Brussee; David and Heather Feikema, Tiffany and Nathan Jones and their sons, Jaydon and Oliver, Jered and Simone Odegard, Nicole and Andrew Anderson and their children, Quin and Penelope, Casey Feikema, Calvin Feikema, and Cameron Feikema; Dianne and Mark Pickhardt, Emily Pickhardt, Ben Pickhardt, and Hannah Pickhardt; and Denise Feikema; along with his siblings, Wesley Feikema and Peter Feikema and a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, and inlaws. He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Kathryn Feikema, his sister, Anita Feikema Aardema, his brother, Orville Feikema, and his niece, Cathy Aardema Wygmans Agnello. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who provided comfort to Roger in his final days. Roger's Celebration of Life Service will be held at Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th Street West, on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 am. Visitation and viewing begins at 10:00 am at the church. Arrangements are in the care of Covell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation in Roger's honor to the Bradenton Christian Reformed Church (4208 26th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205) or the Bradenton Christian School (3304 43rd St. W. Bradenton, FL 34209).
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Covell Funeral Home & Cremation
4232 26th St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 739-5500
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on June 14, 2018