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Roger Stuart

February 5, 1947 — December 7, 2023

Ridgefield, Washington


Roger Leland Stuart, age 76, of Ridgefield, Washington, passed into the arms of Jesus Thursday, December 7th, 2023 in Vancouver, Washington due to complications related to Parkinson’s disease. 

Roger was born to Glenn and Betty Stuart on February 5, 1947, in Vancouver, Washington. He graduated from Columbia River High School and went on to attend Eastern Washington University for 3 years prior to applying for and being accepted, a year early, into dentistry school at the University of Washington. He earned his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) from the University of Washington in 1972. 

During his time at the University of Washington, Roger met Kathy Austin. They were married on December 27, 1970.  In 1972, Roger and Kathy moved to Killeen, Texas when Roger joined the US army at Fort Hood and served as a dentist. It was there that Roger and Kathy had their first of four sons, Daniel. After serving in the army for 2 years, Roger and Kathy moved back to Vancouver where Roger worked as an associate dentist for 2 years prior to setting up his own family dental practice in Hazel Dell. During this time, Roger and Kathy built a home in Ridgefield, Washington where they lived the remainder of his life and had three more sons: Joseph, Zachary, and Reuben. He ran his dental practice until his retirement in 2014.

Roger had many passions of life, perhaps the greatest being music. He was a devoted member of Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene for many decades and served on the praise and worship team there; singing and playing the guitar and saxophone alongside his sons and many friends. He participated in other music groups as well. Other hobbies included building sailboats and  restoring classic Buicks and taking them to car shows and local parades.  Roger also loved to spend time with his Sunday School and church small groups. His favorite means of exercise throughout his life was playing basketball, which he enjoyed into his seventies.

With a true heart of service and a desire to serve the Lord, Roger used his talents to minister to the youth at his church for many years, volunteered with the Rotary club of Vancouver, did voluntary dentistry at the Free Clinic in Vancouver and shared his dental skills on multiple work and witness trips to Mexico. 

Roger was a devoted and beloved husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed by those who survive him. In addition to his wife Kathy, Roger is also survived by his brother Greg and wife Carmen, his son Daniel and wife Sarah, son Joseph and wife Sunshine, son Zachary and wife Carrie, son Reuben and wife Kali, as well as his 19 grandchildren: Wedly, Anderlin, Gabe, Calvin, Annalyse and her husband Jon Hardy, Eion, Catherine, Henry, Harrison, Lillian, Brielle, Ellianna, Sven, Betty, Hailey, Isaac, Aaron, Ben, and Carson. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Betty Stuart. 

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 16th, at 2:00 p.m. at Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene with a reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to  Give online at (select “Compassion 360”) or mail donations to Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene: attention Compassion 360.

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Roger Stuart

Saturday, December 16, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Pacific time)

Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene

747 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642

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