Roger Leslie Baldwin, 82, of Elgin passed away on January 25, 2017 He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934 the son of William Leslie and Bernice Helen Baldwin.
Roger graduated from Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana in 1952.
Roger worked as the Regional Store Display, Planning and Remodeling Manager for for J.C. Penney for 22 years. He left to start his own business and in 1979 moved into the Franchising Industry as a franchise broker. He was a licensed CEO of Frannet of Illinois, part of an International chain of Franchise Consultants and served on the Board of such companies as Frannet, Arron’s, Bloomingdale Carriage Shop, All American Hero, AutoSpa Pit Pros, Motra, MATCO, and Franchise Architects. After retiring in 1997 he started a part-time home remodeling and repair business which grew into a full-time occupation.
Roger enjoyed home remodeling and square dancing and was also actively involved in the Willow Lake Estates Social Club and Elgin Elks Lodge #737.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 18 years, Mary Lou (Bluth) Baldwin whom he married on March 15, 1998; his daughters Dr. Kim (Keith Richardson) Baldwin of Lake City, Minnesota and Rev. Robin (Richard Kluding) Collins of Boulder, Colorado; his son, Russ (Amanda) Baldwin of Lake City, Minnesota, step-daughter, Lisa Dees; granddaughters, Ashwyn (Alex) Corris, Colorado, Nina Richardson, Erin (Matt) Berlin, Hali Richardson, Mary Emaline Baldwin, Margaret Baldwin of Minnesota; grandsons Mike Baldwin, Minnesota, Eric and Christopher Dees of North Carolina; great grandchildren, Violet Corris, Colorado, Braxton and Alexandra Berlin, Minnesota and Isaac Dees, North Carolina; his sister, Lois (Baldwin) Stiffler and nieces, Amy Stiffler, Sheila Stiffler Swanson, and nephew, Jeff Stiffler of South Bend, Indiana.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, William and Bernice Baldwin and his first wife, Mary (Hoffman) Baldwin.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Elks National Foundation, Inc. 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 4, 2017 at the Elgin Elks Lodge #737, 139 West River Road, Elgin, Illinois, beginning at 1:00 pm. This will be followed by a traditional Viking send-off.
Friends are encouraged to send a note or comment regarding a memorable meeting or experience that stands out when they think of Roger to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Laird Funeral Home for more details. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.