January 24, 1963 – August 28, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Roger Lee Wilkerson on August 28th, 2020 after a long and valiant fight with cancer.
Roger was born in Nampa, Idaho on January 24th, 1963 to William “Bob” and Imogene “Jeannie” Wilkerson. As a young man he developed a passion for adventures in the wilderness while on family trips to Atlanta and Silver Creek. He attended Nampa High School while pursuing a grocery career at Albertsons, blossoming into a forty-year journey. In 1982, he became a father with the arrival of his daughter, Shawnisti. Sometime later he moved to Ketchum, working at Atkinsons’ Market for 10 years before returning to the Treasure Valley. Shortly after getting settled, he continued his career at Fred Meyer, managing select stores for another 20 years. He took great pride in his job and loved to whistle while he worked! 12 years ago, he met the love of his life, Sheila Smith, and lovingly welcomed her children & grandchildren as his own.
Roger loved camping, fly fishing, hunting, & softball; looking forward to every occasion where he could create memories with the people around him. He never missed an opportunity, often planning his next excursions well before a season had ended. His favorites were going to Stanley to catch Steelhead and adventuring into the mountains to tag an Elk with his first shot, naming him the “One Shot Wonder”. He was a living embodiment of everything you would expect an Idaho mountain man to be. Roger was loving, intense, and unrelenting; refusing to give up or give in. He will leave a lasting impression on the lives he touched and will be dearly missed!
Roger is survived by his Mother, Jeannie; Brother, Rob (Lesli) Wilkerson; Sister, Rhonda Petersen; Daughter, Shawnisti (Blake) Stansell; Grandchildren, Maicee, Kaydence & Emmett, and his nephews & nieces.
Roger is predeceased by his Father: Bob Wilkerson and Grandparents.
A graveside committal will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell.