Roger W. Taube, 75, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Friendship Manor, in Rock Island. A funeral service celebrating his life was at noon on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home, in Rock Island. Pastor Leonard Atrowski from Immanuel Lutheran Church officiated. A visitation was one hour prior to the service. A private burial was held at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society or to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, an organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities through a Christ-driven mission.

Roger W. Taube, 75, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Friendship Manor, in Rock Island. A funeral service celebrating his life was at noon on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home, in Rock Island. Pastor Leonard Atrowski from Immanuel Lutheran Church officiated. A visitation was one hour prior to the service. A private burial was held at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society or to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, an organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities through a Christ-driven mission.

Roger was born July 31, 1942, in Geneseo, the only son of Herbert W. Taube and Ruth Greenwood Taube. He graduated from Geneseo High School in June 1960; and then from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a bachelor of architecture degree from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in June 1966. He immediately began working for Leo A. Daly Co. and then Landis Construction Co. Inc., in New Orleans, La. Roger worked in both the architectural design and working drawings department. In 1969, Roger worked part time for Richard Caldwell and Associates on the St. Louis Hotel and started his own construction firm, ShoreLine Products Co. as a registered State of Louisiana architect. He was a charter member and vice president of the Marina Tenants Association.

Upon returning to Illinois, Roger won the Geneseo city flag design contest in 1975. He worked briefly with the Mel Beckstrom firm, in Moline. Up until 2010, he was active in the Quad Cities’ programs for the mentally ill (Progress Place, ARP - Activity Recreation Program, and CSP - Community Support Program). During his lifetime, he was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. Roger enjoyed boating, water skiing, photography, and music. He played the piano, organ, trombone, and guitar. He entertained his sisters and residents at assisted living and nursing home facilities with his unique guitar style.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sisters, Janice Borkgren, of Geneseo, and Irene Taube, of Chicago; his nephew, Jeff (Lori) Borkgren, of East Moline; his niece, Cynthia (Steve) Abraham, of Elk Mound, Wis.; his great-nephew, Ethan Fagen, of Menomonie, Wis.; his great-niece, Karly Borkgren, of East Moline; his aunt, Mary Lou Taube, of Geneseo; cousin, Bob Taube, of Rock Island; and many other relatives and good friends.