Roger G. Fendt, 81, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Kewadin, Michigan. He died peacefully at his home on Torch Lake, the lake he loved. His faith, family and friends carried and sustained him throughout his life.
Roger was born February 11, 1938 to Leo and Elsie Fendt in Farmington, Michigan. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1955 where he met his wife, Kathleen. They were married in 1959 and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 22. Roger attended Michigan State University and Western Michigan University and owned Fendt Transit Mix, a concrete company with locations in Novi, Howell and Webberville. He was a member of the Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club and Lakelands Golf and Country Club.
After retiring, Roger and Kathleen began dividing their time between Torch Lake and Arizona. Always an avid outdoorsmen, Roger loved to fish, hunt, shoot trap and spend time on the lake in his restored classic wood boat. They raised Arabian horses on their farm in Brighton, The Fendtspost, travelled the USA by RV and saw the world with The Nomads travel club. With all of these interests came the blessings of many cherished friends.
Roger is survived by his beloved family: loving wife, Kathleen (Boswell) Fendt; daughter, Lisa (Thad) Leppek of Brighton; grandchildren, Lindsay Fendt, Michael (Amelia) Leppek, Lauren Fendt (fiance Corey Blaskie), and Joseph Leppek; brother, Junior (Jean) Fendt of Chelsea; daughter-in-law, Jennifer (John) Pounds; sisters-in-law, Jennine Shaw and Jamie (Randy) Ryan; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Roger G. Fendt Jr.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 18 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Charlevoix, with visitation at 10 a.m., service at 12 noon and a fellowship luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to one of the following: Bethany Lutheran Church, 11906 U.S. 31 Hwy. N, Charlevoix, MI 49720, or Munson HealthCare Hospice, Regional Foundation, 1150 Campus Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
The funeral is arranged through the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Bethany Lutheran Church
11906 U.S. Highway N, Charlevoix MI 49720
Munson Healthcare Hospice, c/o Regional Foundation
1150 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City MI 49684
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959