Roger was born May 2, 1955, in Edina, MO, the son of William Leon and Mae Shaver Applegate of Leonard. He attended Novelty Elementary School and graduated from Knox County High School.
In 1984, Roger united in marriage with his best friend and love of his life Sallie Jo McMurry. After living a short time in Tucson, AZ the couple made their home in the Plevna area where Roger farmed, operated a seed business, sawmill and bulldozing business among other pursuits.
Roger is survived by his wife, Sallie Applegate of Plevna, MO; son, Bryson and daughter-in-law Anna of Novelty, MO; and daughter, Ashley Kelly and son-in-law Evan of Plevna, MO; three grandchildren, Bella and Aiden (Bryson) and Sam (Ashley), his mother, Mae Applegate, Leonard, MO; one sister, Debbie (Jak) Young, Phoenix, AZ; three brothers, Mike (Carol) Applegate, Huntsville, MO, Steve (Coral) Applegate, Hurdland, MO, and Gary (Lisa) Applegate of Chariton, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father Leon and father-in-law, James McMurry.
Roger loved being a grandpa and spending time with his grandchildren at every opportunity. He also enjoyed treasure hunting, caring for his livestock and visiting with friends and neighbors. He was a volunteer fireman with Novelty/Plevna Fire Department, a member of the Mt. Salem Church and a board member of the Mt. Salem Cemetery.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Reverend Paul Milliken will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Mt. Salem Cemetery. Music will be provided by Martha Marie Huse, soloist and Margaret Parrish, organist. Musical selections will be “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “Old Rugged Cross”.
Casket bearers will be Rex Lingenfelter, Doug Perrigo, Kent Strange, Kenny Dooley, Ryan Kelly and Daniel Parrish. Honorary bearers will be Eugene Parrish, Joe Delaney, Luther Green, Leonard Hill and Robert Kelly.
Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.
Memorials may be made to the Stryker Anderson Benefit or Mt. Salem Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.