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Roger E. Badger

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at First Church of God of Union City. Pastor Ron Gray will officiate with the Rev. Bill Glidewell. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery with Chief Petty Officer Navy Diver Michael C. Badger, David Collins, Noah Dillard, Christopher Diemert, Aaron Badger and Cody Stokes serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at First Church of God 4-8 p.m. Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made in the form of donations to First Church of God, 415 South Miles Ave., Union City, TN 38261, for the steeple fund, as this was something Roger had been an advocate of.
Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Badger was born April 26, 1934, in Phillippi. He spent the better part of his life in Valmeyer, Ill. He was employed as a machinist by Monsanto and, following retirement, was the owner and operator of Foster Pond Industries for many years. Following that second career, he returned to Reelfoot Lake for 18 years, where many dinners and events were hosted. He has since resided in Union City for the past six years, where his passion for people and giving flowed over into the new chapter of his life. You could find him at The Davy Crockett Senior Center every Monday, where they ministered and served food for the needy. He was a quiet, but strong, presence and will always be remembered for his giving and loving spirit.
He was a member of First Church of God here in Union City, where he served as a deacon of the church. He was also a commissioned Kentucky Colonel.
Mr. Badger is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Charlie Collins of Cahokia, Ill., and Dena and Ronnie Diemert of Fults, Ill.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Randy and Dianne Badger of Desoto, Mo., Andrew Badger of Valmeyer, Ill., and Chris and April Badger of Newbern; 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; along with his best friend of the past three years, Bobbye Presson. In addition to his children, Mr. Badger is also survived by his siblings, Charles Noel of Lake County, Myrvin Curtis of Sevierville and Mary Helen Plappert of Pana, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Alma Lou Royer, whom he married April 10, 1954. She died May 29, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Regina Ann Dillard; his parents, Oliver B. and Dora L. (Wilson) Badger; his sister, Martha Craddock; and five brothers, James, Oliver, Wayne, Jackie and Jerry.
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