Roger W. Stephenson, age 73, of Portage, MI died Monday morning September 4, 2017. Roger was born January 6, 1944 in Niles, Michigan a son of Cecil and Bertha (Brown) Stephenson. During the Vietnam War, he served with the U.S. Navy. He had been a Kalamazoo area resident since 1966 and was employed with Best Foods Inc. for 26 years, retiring in 2000. Roger was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo and a docent at the Air Zoo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Larry. On September 3, 1966, he was united in marriage to Sandra C. (Chappell) Stephenson who survives. Also surviving, 2 children, Jessica (Christopher) Parise and Ross (Julie) Stephenson all of Portage; 7 grandchildren, Christian, Alexandra, Madeleine, MacKenzie, Gavin, Jackson, and Gracie; a sister, Loretta Baer of Morley, MI; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held 5-7pm Thursday, September 14th at the First Congregational Church, 345 West Michigan Ave. Graveside services will be held 1 o'clock Friday, September 15th in Fort Custer National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Arrangements were made by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Burdick St.