Roger was born November 12, 1953, in Ishpeming, Michigan, to Joyce and Joseph DeLongchamp. After graduating from Ishpeming High, he joined the Air Force in 1973 and was stationed in Illinois.
He was transferred to Alaska with his wife in 1978, where they had their two sons, Jonathon and Jesse. Roger transferred to the Air National Guard in 1983, where he achieved the rank of senior master sergeant. He retired in 1995 from military service but continued to serve as a civilian as part of the Air Force Emergency Readiness Team until he fully retired in 2012.
Roger enjoyed his retirement lifestyle for only a few years, joining the Willow-Caswell Fire Department in March 2017 as a driver-operator. During his service, Roger earned many achievements and awards, including Firefighter of the Quarter by Willow-Caswell Fire Department. Several of his fellow firefighters talked about how he was always eager to learn and teach others. They truly feel the loss in their firehouse and fire family.
In retirement and off-time, Roger loved spending time with his two boys, Jon and Jesse, their wives, and his grandkids, Ethan and Kaylee. He had a vast collection of Chevron cars at his Willow Cabin that he and Ethan would push around for hours. He loved to build and especially enjoyed building onto his cabins in Willow and Sterling, Alaska. When he wasn’t building, he could be found singing karaoke at his cabin with family and friends while enjoying a cold one! Roger also enjoyed traveling the Lower 48 with friends on his motorcycles and riding with the Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club, where he served as treasurer in Alaska.
Roger is missed tremendously. His family and friends will never forget him, will never stop sharing their memories of him, and his boys will work hard to maintain and finish the projects he started. His grandchildren will always be reminded of how amazing their grandfather was and how much he loved them.
He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathon and Shannon DeLongchamp and Jesse and Stevee DeLongchamp; his two grandchildren, Kaylee and Ethan DeLongchamp, of Anchorage; his sister, Sandra (Doug) Schoonover, of Huntington Beach, California; and his five brothers, David (Sherrie) DeLongchamp and Daryl DeLongchamp, of Ishpeming, Michigan, Jerry (Amanda) DeLongchamp, of Peoria, Arizona, Joseph (Deb) DeLongchamp, of Little Chute, Wisconsin, and Bob (Marsha) DeLongchamp, of Hemet, California; and many other family and friends.
There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t all think of you. You are missed so much by all of us. We love you forever.– Stevee L DeLongchamp