Roger George Huguenin 1943-2018
Roger George Huguenin a lifetime Chewelah resident was surrounded by his family as he peacefully passed away on July 11, 2018. Roger was born in Colville, WA to Ulysee Arthur and Lillian Margret (Raska) Huguenin on April 2, 1943.
Roger’s early years consisted of attending Catholic school at St. Mary’s where he then transferred to and graduated from Jenkins High School in 1961. When Roger was 15 he met the love of his life, Judy Kay Davis. Using his country boy charm and some good smelling soap he stole his way into Judy’s heart. They were married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 3, 1965 and spent 52 wonderful years together. In their first year of marriage, Roger and Judy welcomed their twins Kevin Joseph and Kristin Ann. Due to premature complications Kevin unfortunately passed soon after birth and three years later another daughter, Kay Ann was welcomed into the family.
Roger’s work ethic far surpassed most. He worked vigorously for every single penny he had. He never took a handout and led by example for those around him. No matter the task or obstacle, he tirelessly continued on with the determination of making a better life for himself and his family. This work ethic has been strongly embedded into his entire family.
In his adulthood, he worked as a road maintenance worked for Stevens County Road Department, he served as a Volunteer Firefighter for the City of Chewelah and worked in the logging industry for several different logging companies around the area. Every day after Roger clocked out of his County job he joined alongside Judy down at the Chewelah Liquor Store where he restocked and bagged the bottles for the customers.
Roger was the proud Grandfather of six granddaughters, Bryn, Karinne, Taylor, and Eilish, daughters of Todd and Kristin Smith, and Kayla and Kara of Doug and Kay Dawson. Having 6 granddaughters brought out Roger’s softer side but he never missed a chance to playfully tease them all about boys. He proudly boasted about the successes of each of his granddaughters to all his peers especially when they were participating in sporting events. He enjoyed spending time sharing his love for the outdoors with all of them and especially glowed when they came to visit him.
Roger thoroughly enjoyed being a grandpa but his mile-wide smile couldn’t have gotten any bigger when he was told he would be a great grandfather. First came Nolan and then followed Caliber. Having little boys was uncharted territory in a girl dominated family but Roger loved every minute of it. Four-wheeler rides, picking up pine cones, shoveling snow, fishing at the river, talking about big’ol bucks, showing them around the garden and of course playfully teasing them about girls. Roger adored his time with those little boys and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his 3rd great grandson, Enderson, who was born a day after Roger passed.
Roger had a bit of a green thumb which he would say he inherited from his Grandma Maggie. His gardens were ones that could have been showcased in gardening magazine spreads. He took great pride and care in his gardens and lawns. His knack for growing and harvesting the most delicious fruit and veggies was shared amongst his family and friends. He also enjoyed raising his own beef. If you ever ate a meal at his and Judy’s house you could guarantee that 90% of the meal was grown by his own two hands.
Roger spent a majority of his life in the outdoors. When he wasn’t in the woods logging he could be found hunting, fishing and camping. He especially enjoyed hunting on Dunn Mountain and fishing and camping up at Black Lake, and the Colville and Columbia Rivers. He had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Alaska for a bull moose hunt where he spend two weeks in the treacherous Alaskan wilderness, hiking over 25 miles in several feet of snow to find his trophy bull.
Roger and Judy had several dogs they raised during their life together but none did he rely on more than his little man, Whiskers. After losing their beloved first Schnauzer, Whiskey Jack they hesitantly decided on getting another puppy to help keep them company during their retirement years. Whiskers was picked out and brought home and quickly became their little buddy. He was showered with lots of love, attention and plenty of doggy treats. He was a faithful companion, friend and gave Roger comfort especially after they lost Judy.
Roger’s innate ability to keep his word and lend a hand to those in need gained him several very cherished friendships in his life. Family and friends near or far could always count on Roger for a quick-witted comment, an offer of whiskey or a helping hand. He often enjoyed a good cup of coffee and conversation with close friends who frequently visited him to chat about the good ol’days up until the day he died. He embodied what it meant to be a good friend to others and truly valued each of those friendships.
Roger is survived by his loving family, daughter Kristin and son-in-law Todd who reside in Chewelah, WA, their family Bryn (Caleb) and sons Nolan and Caliber of Springdale, WA, Karinne (Tanner) and their son Enderson in Longview, WA, Taylor, La Grande, OR and Eilish also in Chewelah, WA. Daughter Kay and son-in-law Doug of Valley, WA and daughters Kayla in Spokane, WA and Kara in Phoenix, AZ and sister-in-law Kelly (Davis) Abrahamson of Chewelah, WA. Two brothers Gary (Jan) and Randy (Raine) and sister Shirley Huguenin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his wife Judy Kay (Davis) Huguenin, and their son Kevin Joseph Huguenin. His parents Ulysee and Lillian Huguenin.
The Memorial Service will start at 10 a.m., Sunday, August 19 at Roger and Judy’s home on Sand Canyon Rd, in Chewelah, WA.
Please visit www.danekasfuneralchapel.com and sign the online memorial. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with all the arrangements.