Roger L. Kuerth-Benton, IL

Roger L. Kuerth, age 70, of Centralia, IL, departed his worldly home on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

Roger was born on February 9, 1954, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois; the son of Aquilla Jacob “A.J.” Kuerth and Wilma Louise (Dale) Kuerth, who both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a sister Donna Setzekorn.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Claude Howell officiating. Burial will follow. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Roger graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1988 with a degree in mortuary science. His life consisted of service to others. During his career, he was affiliated with several funeral homes throughout Illinois.

Roger believed in integrity and practiced it no matter the situation.

He enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cars, gardening and woodworking.

Roger is survived by his children Jennifer, Jessica and Jacob; a sister Barbara Dare (Herb); beloved companion Celeste; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He married Janice Trammel on August 18, 1979, and they were married for 32 years. She also survives.

The family prefers memorial contributions be made to an animal shelter or humane society of the donor’s choice.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Leffler Funeral Home in Benton, Illinois.

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