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Roger Raymond Valek, 83, of Bentonville, Ark. went to be with his Lord Jesus on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Roger was born January 1, 1938 on the Oregon Trail near Belvidere, Neb. to Edward and Virginia Valek. He was baptized as a young boy in the Christian Church in Belvidere, Neb. and attended church throughout his life. He grew up in Belvidere and Hastings, Neb. and when he was 19, he moved to California. In 1957, he met Stephnie Vandermeulen, his wife of 63 years, in Temple City, Calif. They moved to Escondido, Calif. in 1959 and lived there for 36 years. They had two children: Matthew Edward born on July 2, 1958 in Pasadena, Calif. and Kim Frances born on May 7. 1960 in Escondido, Calif. Roger worked in the Automotive Industry and opened Valek’s Body and Paint Shop in 1967. He owned it for 28 years until he retired in 1995. During those years he was well respected by his employees, customers, the community, and the Automotive Industry. Roger was honest, hardworking, a loyal friend with a great sense of humor. His children will tell you he was a wonderful, loving father who taught them many things. Roger had many hobbies and interests. Flying was probably Number 1! He was an excellent pilot and flew many years in General Aviation. He owned a Swift, Cessna, Mooney, and built a R V 4 which he flew for several years. He also enjoyed boating, fishing (salt and freshwater), motorcycles […]