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Roger Weatherwax

June 23, 1946 — June 19, 2021

A celebration of the life of Roger Weatherwax will be held Saturday, July 17th at the Anselmo Fire Hall from 5 pm to whenever it ends.  Roger's Family and many friends are all invited to enjoy a meal, fellowship, and good memories.

A graveside service will Military Honors for Roger Weatherwax age 74 of Anselmo will be July 19, 2021, at 9:30 am at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Ne.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 5-7pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, ne.  Govier Brothers Mortuary are assisting the family.  An online guest book may be signed at

Roger Allen Weatherwax graced the world with his presence on June 23rd, 1946. He was born in Holdrege, Nebraska. His parents, Irvin and Leora “Sunshine” Weatherwax, raised their family of 6 boys in Edison. 

He graduated high school in 1964 and attended McCook Community College. He joined the Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran. He served with pride and was honored to serve his country. 

In 1970, he married the love of his life, Alice Marie Mayo. They would have been married 51 years on July 18th. Roger and Alice had 2 children, Jeffrey Allen (wife Deena) and Kymberli Raye (husband Chip), raised their niece and nephew (Casey & Shelli) as their own, and have 6 incredible grandkids (Saidee, Trent, Natalie, and Chelsey Weatherwax, McKinley Brock, and Kadyn Willcock). 

Roger worked for Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad for 30 years. He was a volunteer fireman for 41 years, serving as Fire Chief for the Anselmo Volunteer Fire Department for 20 of those years. He didn’t know a stranger and would give you the gas out of his can if you needed it. He loved his family and took pride in his little village of Anselmo. Big Rog was known for his killer smile, infectious laughter, and his zest for living on the edge. He loved old fast cars, old slow cars, old disabled cars, and found value in the clunkiest of clunkers. He spent his retired years between Nebraska and Alaska. He loved to fish, boat, camp, and leave skid marks on the pavement. He was always in search of gold, and that black sand was the place to find the nuggets. His life revolved around his family and friends. 

His work on earth was done and he passed away peacefully on June 19th, 2021, in Wasilla, Alaska, just shy of his 75th birthday.

He was preceded in death by his great-nephew AJ Weatherwax, his “2nd daughter” Kristi Diefenbaugh Thinnes, his brothers Rick & Roy Weatherwax, his niece Sarah Weatherwax, his parents, in-laws, grandparents and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He leaves behind a whole damn bunch of people who loved him dearly and always will. The world is a much brighter place because he was here, and those who knew him will always have a great story to share. 

“Work hard. Work ‘Weatherwax hard.’ Earn it. The only thing you do harder than work is pray. Do what you can for those you can, any time you can. Stand for that flag. Stand with pride. Appreciate that freedom. No crybabies~ Shut up and fish! I love you all… More than you’ll ever know…This is Big Rog and the Wax Mobile~ over and out…” 

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