Roger Kaiser

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Roger William Kaiser, 82, of Belleville, IL, born October 4, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, November 28, 2020, at St. Paul’s Senior Living Community, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Kaiser designed jewelry for 20 years and then entered the floral industry as a designer, manager, wholesale sales representative, and finally as an owner at Mr. K’s Flowers and Gifts in Belleville, IL. Upon selling this business, Roger returned as a free-lance designer for many area floral shops.

Mr. Kaiser’s greatest passion was competitive drum and bugle corps and the young people he met through them. He was an original member of The Black Knights and was their drum major in 1958-1959 and marching instructor and associate director from 1960-1963. He went on to teach and direct The Millstadt Crusaders from 1964-1968 and returned to direct The Black Knights from 1972-1975. All three of his corps achieved top ten ranking in the nation. He was an avid fan throughout his life and made many friends and acquaintances in the drum corps world.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Gertrude, nee Thein, Kaiser; a brother, Richard Kaiser; and three sisters, Virginia Sellers, Geraldine Ross, and Grace Joseph.

Surviving are a brother and a sister, Thomas (Lorna) Kaiser,
and Judy (Michael) Quirk, both of Belleville, IL.
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Per Roger’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services.


17 Comments on Roger Kaiser

Mark Westhoff said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 3:35 PM

Dear friend! Friends since we were both teenagers, when A Crusader or Black Knights didn’t become friends before either of us were Drum Major and Color Guard Captain! The many meals at Valentines! The long visits ! Good bye Buddy! Until we meet again!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Pam and Butch Kelly said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 4:56 PM

Forever a true friend..... you will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Claudia Kerens said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2020 at 12:58 AM

Roger as director of the Millstadt Crusaders taught me what hard work and a strong ethic to achieve was possible. I carried that on throughout my life. Roger will always be in our Crusader hearts, he lives on....

  • Sparta
  • IL
Rosemary Toth Karban said : Guest Report Dec 08, 2020 at 8:43 PM

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Roger. He was wonderful person and will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Terry Glave said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2020 at 11:28 PM

I want to send my condolences to Rogers's family. Roger was a great person. I knew him from the many years in the Crusades Drum Corp, he was a great manager. I also loved the beautiful flower arrangements he created from his time with Mr K's. I have a dear husband that loves to give me flowers so him and Roger knew each other well. He will be truly missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Debbie Royer said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2020 at 11:55 AM

Judy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. He was really wonderful guy. I know he was really missed when he left Bel Plaza 1 by both the resident and me.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Linda Durawski Menges said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2020 at 1:40 PM

Roger Kaiser will never be gone. He will always be in our hearts.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Carol Goodall said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2020 at 7:02 PM

I cannot express my emotions at the loss of Roger. The love, respect, admiration I have for him is unexplainable. What I made of my life and so many of us I believe we owe to Roger. No one else instilled the work ethic, dedication and hard work into my being as he did. I will always be grateful to have been able to tell him how grateful I was to have him in my life and I always left every visit or phone call with I love you. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  • Vista
  • California
Tom Reaka said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2020 at 10:04 AM

I worked at Deutsch’s men’s clothing store in Belleville, I knew Roger from The Crusaders drum corps. What a great guy, but hard to fit with 46 shoulders and a 34 waist, but we did. God Bless, may he Rest In Peace.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Joe Kusior said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2020 at 6:03 PM

To everyone who knew Roger and especially to his family - mere words cannot truly express the impact this great man had on countless lives. Each and every one of us is a better person today because of Roger. To family and friends - Please accept my sincerest condolences. He will always be remembered by each and every one of us in our hearts - thoughts - and prayers. RIP ??

  • Front Royal
  • VA
Randy Haege said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Roger taught me the meaning of striving for perfection, working as a team, and supporting each other through the thick and thin. He was, and continues to be a positive influence in my life. My sincerest sympathy to Roger's family and friends. Randy Haege - Belleville Black Knights 1971-1975.

  • Oxnard
  • CA
Mike Cummings said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2020 at 3:09 PM

So sorry to hear of Rogers Passing, he motivated everyone to be their own very best, don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong, never settle, and remember if you’re 10 minutes early, you’re 5 minutes late. Just a couple lessons I got from Roger, just a few lessons that has stuck with me through life!

  • New Athens
  • Il
Jane Bonaldi said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2020 at 6:29 PM

I always enjoyed visiting with Roger at his shop on West Main. He was a very talented floral designer and the windows at Mr K’s were always beautiful. He was very strong willed and a perfectionist! Peace be with the family!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jane Bonaldi said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2020 at 6:24 PM

Always enjoyed visiting with Roger at Mr K’s. He was very talented as a floral designer. The windows of his shop were always beautiful, as well. He was very opinionated! Very gifted.....!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Angela M Oates said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2020 at 3:43 AM

Rodger wasn't only determined he was very voiceful and, outspoken. He was. Very important to me, talked about different things. He was one of my favorite residents here at St. Paul's he will be truly missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Shirlene Etling Kassing said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2020 at 3:08 PM

My sympathy to you all. During my years in the Crusaders , Roger taught me among other things, determination / perseverance and to strive for excellence . Those qualities have helped guide me through my adult life . One can’t think of drum corps days without remembering Roger and the contribution he made . His passion for drum corps will always be remembered.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Marilyn Neu said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Roger. I was a frequent shopper in his florist shop and we had many wonderful conversations. Peace to you all.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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