Glen "Roger" Stancliff of Andover, IL passed away on Wednesday, August 26 th at the University of Iowa Hospital, as a result of complications from the COVID-19 virus. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5 th at Lake Park in Andover, IL. Due to limited seating and social distancing requirements, attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs if needed. Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will immediately follow at Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, IL. A private family visitation will be held at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, Osco/Andover Fire Department or the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Roger was born on October 21, 1940 in Aledo, IL, the son of Glen E. and Grace E. Decker Stancliff. After graduating from Aledo High School and Bradley University (where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity) with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and English, he spent time teaching in the Aledo schools and at the former Roosevelt Military Academy. During the 1960’s, Roger trained in San Diego as a member of the Navy Reserves. He later worked as President and CEO in several area banks, including The State Bank of Osco, Buffalo Prairie State Bank, and after retirement, as a consultant for Reynolds State Bank. Roger was a member of the Mississippi Valley Firefighter’s Association, the Governor’s State Fire Advisory Committee, and the Osco/Andover Fire Department, where he served as Chief for over 30 years.
Roger married Karen Caylor in Bushnell, IL on June 27, 1970. He and his wife loved to travel, especially to his beloved Scotland. He also loved to play cards with his dear friends and family. Late in life, Roger joined the Blackhawk Pipes and Drums, where he learned to play the bagpipes. He often shared his ability playing in parades and for special occasions.
Roger was a very kind and giving person. His faith was strong, and he was an active member of Geneseo First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and member of Mission and Outreach, frequently helping to coordinate meal sites for the needy. He always looked forward to supporting the Geneseo Green Machine and his Iowa Hawkeye Wrestlers, and rarely missed a game or match for either. Most of all, he cherished time with his family, gathering for holidays and special occasions, loving on his grandchildren, and retelling stories from the past. We will truly miss this loving and giving person that touched so many lives in so many different ways.
Surviving Roger are his wife of 50 years, Karen; son, Michael of Erie, CO; daughter, Mary (Barrett) Essman of Rock Island, IL; grandchildren, Gabrielle Stancliff, Eva and Joey Essman; brother, C.W. (Red) Stancliff of Aledo, IL; many loved nieces, a nephew, and his cousins. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Glen.
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