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  • "Roger and I met in the handball courts at the Palo Alto, CA..."
    - Jamie McKenzie
  • "Did not get to know you but My Dad talked about you a lot...."
    - Barbara Abbott
  • "May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with..."
    - American Heart Association
  • "Jennifer - so sorry to hear about Roger. God bless, Don..."
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ROGER J. STRAWICK Einan's at Sunset Roger passed away May 29, 2017. He was 83 years old. He was born to Marguerite and Erwin Abbott on March 15, 1934. After his father passed, he took his step-fathers name. He was 5th of 13 children. Roger graduated from Lewis and Clark High school in Spokane and went on to play football at Whitman College in Walla Walla. He was a star athlete and received an award in 2008 for his football achievements. He was also the first in his family to attend college. Roger met his first wife, Shirley, when they attended Whitman and they had 3 children: Kathy Jo Itatani (Jeff), Scott and David. Roger worked in California for several years as an engineer for GE. He later went on to work as a builder and a Realtor. While in California, he met his second wife Doreen. They moved to Richland in 1973. He treated Doreen's daughters Lauren Maloney (Dennis) and Jennifer Kennedy (Wally) as his own. He owned and operated Tri-Cities Housing Guild Realtors for many years and continued to build many houses in the area. He was a member of the Rotary and Kiwanis and helped with community events. After college, he tackled many different sports including handball and racquetball. Because of his philosophy of "You don't try to do something, you just do it!" he worked at the sport of racquetball and ultimately was ranked 10th in the nation in his age group. After he tore his Achilles, he turned his attention to the gentlemen's game of golf. He spent many years playing and marshaling at Canyon Lakes golf course. He was never really sure if he was playing golf or if golf was playing him. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman and trained many dogs to keep him company. In his 40's he decided to learn how to fly and acquired his pilot's license. He loved the feeling of freedom in the skies. After Doreen's passing in 1995, he met Ronna Hill and they immediately connected. They developed a special bond and fell in love. Ronna's daughters Linda [deceased] (Jeff), Sandra (Bert), Susan (Bill), and son Steve (Rachel) welcomed Roger into their extended family where he was a cherished friend and mentor. They spent the last 22 years of his life together. He is survived by Ronna, her family, his five children and his 10 grandchildren. For anyone who might have dined with Roger would know that he had a favorite toast: Good food, good wine, good health and good looking women! And he always signed off with Keep Smiling! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the and Hospice. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 4, 2017
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