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Roger David Ezell

February 18, 2021

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Ezell, Rev., Dr. Roger D, age 77 of Orono. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 after a long struggle with cancer. Preceded in death by his parents, David Judson Ezell and Vera Emmajenny Fridley Ezell; brothers Gary Ezell, Steve Ezell and Ken Meisinger. Roger Ezell was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on August 12, 1943. After the war, his parents returned to the Midwest to raise their family in Davenport, IA. Roger (was) graduated from Davenport Central HS, and from St. Ambrose College in speech/drama and later in music. He enlisted in the Army as a medic in 1969 and was sent to Cai Lay, Viet Nam. On the troop ship, he helped entertain the officers and troops. In combat, he cared for the wounded. He earned numerous commendations. In 1970 Roger toured Europe with the 7th Army Soldiers Chorus for two years. He sang first tenor in this fine men’s chorus, making life-long friends in the group. He returned to the states and met Roxanne at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. They were both working on master’s degrees in music. They were married June 17, 1972. Their son David James was born in 1976. After some years teaching choral music, Rev. Ezell received an M.Div. degree from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and later a D.Min. degree from McCormack Theological Seminary. He served Presbyterian churches in Chillicothe, MO (First) and in Long Lake, MN (Calvin) before retiring in 2006 because of failing health. During his pastoral career he also memorized the Gospel of Mark and delivered it as a 90-minute presentation to audiences in the Midwest. He was a life-long Presbyterian. In retirement he served on a Presbyterian Church task force to help churches better understand the impact of disabilities on their congregations; in particular, the invisible wounds carried by veterans afflicted with PTSD and moral injury. On the Board of Episcopal Group Homes, he encouraged staff development and retention as high priorities. He shared his love of drama and musical comedy with veterans in a VA day program, at Presbyterian Homes, and 4CT Community Theater. He was a good father to his son David. Survived by loving wife Roxanne Fredrickson Ezell and son David Ezell; his sister Barbara Ann Summers; his brother-in-law David Fredrickson and sister-in-law Jana Martin; his nephews Jason King(Tara), Brian King, and Mark Fredrickson(Devin), his niece Anne Fredrickson(Ben); 4 great- nephews and - nieces; and many loving friends. A Private Memorial Service is planned with live streaming available at www.plymouth.org on March 12,  11:00am. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in the spring. Memorials to honor Roger may be made to Episcopal Group Homes (www.episcopalgrouphomes.org), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (pda.pcusa.org), or Groveland Food Shelf (www.grovelandfoodshelf.org).

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