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Roger Alan Friend

05/10/1947 - 10/04/2021

Roger Alan Friend 74, of Mesa, AZ born in Ohio passed away on October 4, 2021 in Mesa, AZ after a short illness. He is preceded in death by his parents Lyle A. and Nola A. (Blessing) Friend and his in-laws James and Marjorie (Moser) Holzhauer.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Lynda (Holzhauer) Friend. His two daughters, Amy (Fred) Burlager and Jennifer (Jason) Harris. His grandchildren Mercedes, Georgia, Wyatt, Peyton, and Braxton.  His sisters Nina (James) Minnich of Ohio, Susan Jamison of Ohio and Ethel (Norm) Harp of Ohio.

Roger served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic. He spent 30 years as a diesel mechanic and 8 years at Home Depot before retiring. Roger loved woodworking and making projects. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and papa. Roger loved watching college football and rooting on his grandchildren’s college teams: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Services will be held at a time and location to be announced in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that contributions be made to in Roger’s name to the Wounded Warriors project.

Please visit www.bunkerfuneral.com to share a memory and sign the guest register.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but www.bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Mary Ann McSpadden

    My deepest sympathy for my life long friends. May God bless and comfort your whole family during this time of loss. Love to all!

  • Bay and Marsha Joyce

    Our bestest “brother”. Missing him. We know in heaven there is no pain, no tears. Peace be with you. Take comfort in the Lord.

  • Adam and Alyssa West and children

    We love you so much Linda. Growing up next to the Friends is one of my favorite memories. Roger touched my life, my husband’s and my children’s lives.

  • Mark & Kelly May & Family

    Aunt Lynda, Amy & Fred, and Jennifer, Jason & Family:

    Sending hugs and love from Ohio

  • Tricia Battilana

    At a loss for words, and no words seem to comfort the way we hope they will during this time. Hold your memories close, grieve at your own pace, and know that others think of your entire family during this time of the loss. What a remarkable man, what a legacy he leaves for you all to carry on. With sympathy, Tricia

  • Barbara & John Wolfe

    Lynda & family,

    We are heartbroken. We looked at the relationship that the two of you had and it was definitely a role model for all of us. He was a special man and will always remain in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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