Roger was born in Stuttgart, Germany, August 9, 1943. He emigrated to the United States in 1967 and became a citizen in 1972. He enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served until 1981. On October 8, 1988, he married Wynn (Sawle) Koran Heid.
Roger was an author using the pen name Bryan Conway. His book “War Child Memories, the story of a boy born into the aftermath of World War II”, chronicles his love of the GIs in Germany. They were his childhood heroes. After he gained citizenship, he enlisted in the Army to become one of those GIs. He was trained to be a military policeman and assigned to the Kelly Barracks in Stuttgart to be an MP and also an interpreter for the generals serving there. He also wrote “Bastogne Legacy” a novel set in the postwar era.
Roger loved all types of music. With his computer expertise he transferred his huge collection to thumb drives. Wynn and Roger were the managers of the Bad Wolf band which rehearsed in their basement.
Their many interests included belonging to several gun clubs where they were competitive shooters in rifle and hand held guns. Roger had an extensive Merklin Model Railroad set up that he kept in mint condition. Both Wynn and Roger were photographers who won many prizes. Last, but not least, they loved cats.
Roger is survived by his wife, Wynn; his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Halverson and Beatrice Pennington; and loved cats, Fonzy and Skippy.
Roger was accorded final military honors at the VA hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. No further services are planned.