Roger Clinton Elledge II, 46, died away peacefully at Southeast Hospital in the wee hours of September 30, 2023, leaving the world without a magnificent person. His parents, Roger and Tamara Elledge, and his cherished daughter, Madelyn Grace Elledge, were there to support him. Even though he left this world far too young, those who had the honour of knowing him will always cherish the love, faith, and friendship he left behind.
Roger’s journey began on December 23, 1976, when he was born into the loving arms of his parents. As an only child, he formed an exceptionally close bond with both his mother and father, inheriting the best traits from each of them. From his mother, he inherited a love for the serenity of the lake and a deep affection for animals. He also inherited her vibrant zest for life, a quality that undoubtedly contributed to his unwavering optimism and enthusiasm. From his father, Roger acquired a calm and measured demeanor, a quality that balanced his mother’s exuberance. But most importantly, he shared his father’s profound love for family and friends, fostering a sense of togetherness that would define his life.
Roger’s parents instilled in him a strong sense of faith, a cornerstone that would shape his character throughout his life. This faith was not merely a set of beliefs but a way of living, evident in his kindness, compassion, and love for others.
Many of Roger’s fondest childhood memories revolved around his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. These formative years at the Boy Scouts instilled values of leadership, service, and outdoor appreciation that remained with him throughout his life. Roger’s passion for water sports was cultivated during his time on the staff at Camp Roy C Manchester on Kentucky Lake. It was here that he formed lifelong friendships, deepening his love for the water.
Kentucky Lake held a special place in Roger’s heart, a place where he found solace, joy, and connection. He cherished days spent boating, water skiing, and tubing, activities that he joyfully shared with his beloved daughter, Madelyn. His love for animals was evident to all who knew him, as he couldn’t pass a dog without offering a pat and a treat. Roger leaves behind his faithful companion, Lucky, knowing that he will be cared for by those who loved him dearly.
After graduating from Sikeston Senior High in 1995, Roger pursued higher education at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a proud member of the Transy Swim Team and the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. In 1999, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, emphasizing Finance and Management. His academic achievements were a testament to his dedication and work ethic, qualities that also served him well in his career.
Roger was a long-serving employee of the family business, Sikeston Motor Company, founded by his grandfather, Clinton Elledge, and later, Lutesville Motor Company. His passion for Ford vehicles ran deep, and he took immense pride in being a part of a business that played a role in building America. Roger cherished the opportunity to work alongside his grandfather, father, and the extended family of Sikeston Motors, as they truly felt like family to him.
Above all else, Roger’s pride and joy was his daughter, Madelyn Grace Elledge, born in 2001. From the moment of her birth, he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to her well-being and happiness. Together, they shared a love for sports, 80s rock music, the tranquil life by the lake, and a shared enthusiasm for movies. Roger’s love for Madelyn was boundless, and his pride in her achievements was evident to all who knew him. He not only loved Madelyn but also embraced her many friends, taking delight in watching them grow into the remarkable individuals they are today. As a patient and loving father, Roger epitomized the quote, “If all I am ever known for is being your father, that is a gift to me.”
Visitation to celebrate Roger’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Missouri. A private interment will follow on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Cape Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The honor of serving as pallbearers has been bestowed upon David Jones, Drew Kiesling, Greg Krokstrom, Ed Marshall, Charles “Chip” McElearney, and Matt Sutton.
As we bid farewell to Roger Clinton Elledge II, let us hold onto the memories of his remarkable life, his unwavering faith, and his deep love for family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and a reminder of the importance of cherishing those we hold dear. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Elledge family at www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com, where Roger’s spirit will live on through the stories and shared moments of those who loved him.