Roger grew up in Fort Scott, Kan., and attended school there. He had worked in Food and Beverage Service and Entertainment Management in Lawrence, Kan., Terre Haute, Ind., and Emporia, Kan. He later owned ABC Exteriors in Topeka for several years before starting his own houseboat business. He owned Starlite Houseboats for 20 years and built and sold luxury houseboats throughout the United States.
Roger is survived by his life partner, Carla Nissen, of the home; his son, Anton Carl Nissen, also of the home; his brother, Richard "Dick" Aldis of Harper, Kan.; his sister, Debra Brady of Vista, Calif., six nephews, David Aldis, Chad Bunn, Chris Brady, Mike and Chris Watkins and Lane Hanzlicek; two nieces, Emily Prouse and Elisabeth Aldis.
Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home.
There will be a funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home in Fort Scott, Kan. He will lie in state beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Konantz-Cheney and the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Fort Scott.
Memorials may be given to the Antonio Carl Nissen Trust or Holton Community Hospital Hospice, c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, Kan., 66436.