Saf, Roger


Roger Saf, age 68, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at home after an 8 week battle with cancer.
He was born on September 13, 1948 in Omaha, NE to William & Joan Saf and was the youngest of three children.  He graduated from Oakland High School in Oakland, NE and went on to attend Peru State College and the University of Nebraska.
He married Laura Fredericks on May 7, 1977 at First United Methodist Church in Norfolk, NE and became a much loved member of her family.
He was a talented athlete. During high school, college and throughout his life he enjoyed playing a variety of sports especially golf, baseball and football. 
He was very proud of being a farm boy and loved the early mornings, the outdoors, taking care of his yard & home, physical fitness, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Kansas City Royals and spending time with Laura and his many friends. He loved his country and thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with political world.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a "people person" who always said he'd never met a stranger.  He possessed a gift of making everyone felt important.  He was a man of faith.  Throughout his life he faced each new day with zeal.  His Christian faith led him through his short journey with cancer fearlessly with grace and acceptance. 
He enjoyed a 34 year career in the promotional products industry with Halo Branded Solutions and was a gifted salesman who considered all his many customers, his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald Saf.  He is survived by his wife, Laura; sister, Sharon Sheehan and a wealth of friends.

A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church. Pastor Luke Schnakke will officiate. Interment will be in the Westside Cemetery, rural Oakland, NE on Friday, April 7, 2017. Visitation will be 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln 68510. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorials are suggested to the Friends of Oakland Foundation or Christ Lutheran Church.

Guestbook for Saf, Roger

8:43PM Jun 16th, 2017
Laura, I am in shock. I knew Roger for 25 years at Shaw Barton and then JII and now Halo. I just read about his death in a trade magazine I just got in the mail. What a great Guy. He will be missed. I send my prayers and love to you.
Barbara Williams (Sugar Land, TX)
9:18AM Apr 11th, 2017
Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. I was a Product Researcher at HALO for Roger for many years and he was always so friendly and cheerful when we spoke on the phone.
Carrie Wolf (Sterling, IL)
8:00PM Apr 9th, 2017
Laura. My deepest sympathy is with you. I will keep you in my prayers . Glenda Tichota
Glenda Tichota (Glendale, AZ)
6:59AM Apr 9th, 2017
I was saddened to read of Roger's death in the Oakland paper. To me, Roger was the amusing little brother of Sherry, my best friend through 4th grade. I was pleased to read about his fulfilling life through work, friendships, faith, and marriage. My condolences to you, Sherry and Laura. May God keep you in his care as you grieve.
Lynn (Von Seggern) Embury (Holdrege, NE)
7:48AM Apr 7th, 2017
Laura, Barb and I are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed our times parked next to you at the Champions Club. Roger was always so upbeat and full of life. Every one will miss him. Harold & Barb Zabel - Omaha
Harold Zabel (Omaha, NE)
6:54PM Apr 5th, 2017
Laura, my heart is aching for you with the loss of Roger way to soon. The last time I saw Roger he gave me a big ol hug and a kiss on the cheek! We talked and talked! You have lots and lots of friends that you can lean on during this difficult time and in the days to come. Lots of love to you! You are in my thoughts & prayers!
Michelle Kluver (Norfolk, NE)
12:56PM Apr 5th, 2017
Sherry--So sorry for the loss of your brother. I remember him from our schooldays 50 years ago! He was a fun person. Cheryl Tonjes Hartwell
Cheryl Hartwell (Ames, NE)
7:32AM Apr 4th, 2017
Laura I am so sorry. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Theresa Wanek (Omaha, NE)
7:03AM Apr 4th, 2017
Laura, I am beyond words, to express to you my sorrow for the loss of your love, your Roger. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you travel through this most difficult time. May God wrap you in his Grace and strength.
Cindy Denton (Omaha, NE)
5:57AM Apr 4th, 2017
So sorry to learn of Roger's passing. I had the pleasure of doing business with him the last 8 years, and will greatly miss his wonderful and friendly personality. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Jamie Scoles (Interstates Construction Services)
Jamie Scoles (Omaha, NE)
6:54PM Apr 3rd, 2017
Laura and family, my thoughts are with you just as are all your friends from the USGA Women's Mid Am Committee. Wish I could offer my sympathies in person but know that you are supported from afar. All my best.
Melinda Hipp (San Antonio, TX)
4:22AM Apr 3rd, 2017
Laura, We are very sorry to read of Roger's illness and passing. I was very furtunate to have played in the CCL tournament with Roger this last fall. He was a delight to know and to play golf with. Judy and I are in Ireland or we would be at his services. Condolences. Terry and Judy
Terrance Riordan (Lincoln, NE)
6:51PM Apr 2nd, 2017
Laura, my dear friend... I am so sorry, there are simply no words to ease your pain and heartache. Roger always had a smile with a cup overflowing of personality and friendship for all. He was a beautiful person on the outside, and he was even more beautiful inside. He lived the quote; "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." That's how Roger made everyone feel. What a blessed quality. Our Sympathy and Prayers Always, Bernie and Larry Hergott
Bernie and Larry Hergott (Columbus, NE)
5:57PM Apr 2nd, 2017
Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm so glad Cheri got to come up and spend some time with both of you. It sounds like you shared a wonderful life together and that he was a man of strong faith. Praying your faith will help carry you through your grief.
Karen Fenier Clark (Lake St. Louis,, MO)
1:19PM Apr 2nd, 2017
Laura, I am thinking about you and wishing that I could be with you for the service. Take good care of yourself, you have been through a very stressful 2 months. With love to you, Cece
Cece Durbin (Winnetka, IL)
1:18PM Apr 2nd, 2017
Laura, I am thinking about you and wishing that I could be with you for the service. Take good care of yourself, you have been through a very stressful 2 months. With love to you, Cece
Cece Durbin (Winnetka, IL)
12:20PM Apr 2nd, 2017
Dear Laura, I am so sorry to learn of Rogers passing, he was a fine gentleman ! He was easy to meet and easier to talk with, he will be missed.
Guy Saunders (Estero, FL)
10:59AM Apr 2nd, 2017
Laura, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Connie
Connie Compton Micek (Lincoln, NE)
7:06AM Apr 2nd, 2017
May God`s comfort be yours. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, Laura. Ross & Judeen Rikli
Judeen Rikli (Murdock, NE)
11:38AM Apr 1st, 2017
We were blessed to have Roger as a friend. Our prayers are with you, Laura. God bless.
Lisa and Doug Wattier (Norfolk, NE)

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