Roger W. Hotson, 71, of Granite City passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at his home with his family at his side.
He was born April 15, 1944, in Granite City, the son to Roger G. and Bernice (nee: Heriford) Hotson. He married Evelyn “Eve” Chastain April 3, 1976, in Granite City.
Roger was an Air Force Veteran who served his country during Vietnam. He worked for more than 30 years as an Administrator at several local Nursing Home and Rehab Centers including Colonial Haven in Granite City, Weier Retirement Home in Swansea, Ill., and the Madison County Nursing Home in Edwardsville, where he worked for more than 13 years. He worked as a maintenance man for Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City for 18 years. Roger was never one to sit still; when he stopped working a formal full-time job, he mowed lawns for many people. He spent much of the last 11 years working at Irwin Chapel in Granite City, where he did maintenance and worked as a driver and a first responder after death.
He is survived by his wife, Eve Hotson of Granite City; one daughter, Theresa (Jeff) Bergbrader of Granite City; two sons, Phillip (Aletta) Johnson of Granite City and Wesley and (Kathy) Johnson of Fairview Heights; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Trudie Hotson of Granite City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leah Ann Hotson.
Visitation will be 5- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, with the Rev. Clint Wisdom officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com. Memorials can be made to Granite City APA, Concordia Lutheran Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.