Roger Hugh Blaske, 70, of Godfrey, passed away at 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 at his residence.
Roger was born in Alton, IL on March 15, 1943, the son of the late Floyd and Dorothy (Hellrung) Blaske.
Roger married Margaret in Cleveland, Ohio on January 7, 1967. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2013.
Roger always worked in the river industry, starting as a deckhand, then a towboat pilot. Roger owned and operated Blaske Marine in Alton for more than 35 years. He enjoyed going to their cabin in Upper Michigan, fishing, and being with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Roger is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Rebekka and Keith Valentino of New Lenox and Elizabeth and Thomas DeGonia of Olney, MD; one son, Michael Blaske and fiancée, Stacy Stavrakis of Lockport; six grandchildren, Isabella and Breydon Valentino, Olivia and Jack DeGonia, Nikolas and Christian Blaske; four brothers, Steve and Donna Blaske, Stan Blaske, Mark Blaske and Jeff and Esther Blaske; and one sister, Marilyn Blaske.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were through Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey.