Roger Lee “Pete” Struve
March 26, 1938 – January 3, 2022
FAMILY SERVICES. Memorials are suggested to Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska.
Roger Struve, Air Force Veteran and Department of Defense Civil Servant, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the age of 83. Born in Deshler, Nebraska, on March 26, 1938, also his mother’s birthday, to Edna and Walter Struve. Roger enjoyed playing football with the Deshler High School Dragons. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in Political Science in 1961 and went on to attend Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
As the Viet Nam war escalated, Roger joined the U.S. Air Force. He left as a Captain after seven years of service. He worked as a computer systems programmer, analyst, and manager at Offutt AFB in 1971, serving in various roles until his retirement in 1999. During his working years Roger could be relied on to fix whatever household mishap occurred, assist his elder daughter Laura’s swim team, and serve as chauffeur and audience for his younger daughter Ellen’s flute performances. He also enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes, often bringing them home in one piece.
Within days of his retirement, Roger and wife, Carol, moved to Estes Park, Colorado, where they relished picnics in Rocky Mountain National Park, many wildlife sightings, and their mountain friendships. While living in Estes for 17 years, Roger helped restore an antique wooden hay stacking machine for the historic McGregor Cattle Ranch, volunteered at the hospital thrift store, and was an unpaid “go-fer” for Carol’s quilting groups.
Old age and the joys of living near children and grandchildren drew the Struves back to Omaha in 2017. Roger is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol; daughters, Laura Engel (Josh) and Ellen Pike (Kevin); grandchildren: Reese Pike, Edward Pike, Jocelyn Engel, and Ivy Engel; sister, Miriam Howard.
Roger and his family are especially grateful to all his caregivers and medical professionals.