(12-19-21) Roger Hargreaves was a lifetime resident of Niles, graduated from Niles High School and would spend his career in education in the Niles School system for 38 years.
During his time at Ring Lardner and Niles High he held many different positions, from a freshman basketball coach to a guidance counselor. He was quite successful in the early years of the Niles girls basketball program and was also the Vikings Athletic Director at one time.
Obituary of Roger Hargreaves
On December 7, 2021, Roger Hargreaves of Niles passed away peacefully of natural causes. Roger was born in Niles on March 28, 1942 to the late George and Josephine (Cerlesi) Hargreaves, and raised along Oak Street with his brother, Gary.
Roger was a three sport athlete at Niles High School competing on the football, basketball, and golf teams. He also began dating his future wife, Luann, while in high school which eventually led to a marriage that flourished for almost six decades.
Roger attended Central Michigan University on a golf scholarship where he earned Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education. Roger returned home to work for the Niles Community Schools initially as a gym teacher but served most of his career as an administrator. Over the next 38 years, Roger became a fixture in the Niles education system serving in various positions which included Assistant Principal (Ring Lardner), Assistant Principal (Niles High School) and Athletic Director (NHS).
Throughout his career, Roger had a significant impact on many kids, families and colleagues in the Niles community. Roger enjoyed coaching youth sports such as football, basketball, tennis and golf over the years. Roger will primarily be remembered as the head coach of the Niles girls varsity basketball team, a highly successful program that Roger helped develop and foster for over a decade.
In 1995, Roger transitioned from his role as an Administrator to a guidance counselor. He welcomed the change by describing it as shedding the “strict guy” persona to become everyone’s “Mr. Nice Guy”. Roger served in that capacity for eight more years before retiring in 2003.
In his free time, Roger enjoyed playing golf, paddle tennis, and spending time with his “bride”, family and friends. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his spouse.
He is survived by his two sons, Paul (Susie Weldy) Hargreaves of Niles and Dan (Wendy) Hargreaves of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his brother Gary (Della) Hargreaves of Cape Coral, Florida; sister-in-law Sue Harger of Niles; grandchildren Lauren, Michael, Mathew, Madison, Chloe, Brian, Brittney, Taylor, and Toby; three great-grandchildren; along with nieces (Tracee, Tami), nephews (Todd, John and Craig) and many close friends.
The family would like to recognize the staff at Buchanan Meadows and Caring Circle Hospice for their compassionate care of Roger.
Funeral services will be held on January 15, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, with a time of visitation, January 14, 2022 from 4 -8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.
Memorial donations in Roger’s memory may be made to The Foundation at First Presbyterian Church, 13 S. 4th Street, Niles, MI 49120.
Photos of Roger, memories of your time together, and condolences for the family may be shared at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.
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4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, January 14, 2022 Brown Funeral Home 521 E. Main St. Niles, Michigan, United States (269) 683-1155
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday, January 15, 2022 First Presbyterian Church 13 S. 4th Street Niles, Michigan, United States