Roger Emigh: 1964-2015
(April 26, 1964 – April 6, 2015)
Roger was the loving son of Gary and Shirley (Rogers) Emigh. He was born April 26, 1964, and passed away on April 6, 2015, at the age of 50.
He started auctioneering at the age of 10, practicing for all of his classmates and to the dismay of his siblings sometimes. When he was 16, he convinced his parents that he wasn’t too young to go to auction school because he knew a kid much younger who had gone. His grandparents, W.A. “Bud” and Tressie Rogers, took him to auctioneer school in Mason City, Iowa. He started working at the McCook Sale Barn for Harry Eiler selling the butcher cows and penning the hogs and cattle on Saturdays.
After graduating from Golden Plains High School he got his real estate license and worked for Farm & Ranch Realty out of Colby, Kansas, as well as Brooks Realty out of McCook, Nebraska. Roger then worked as a salesman and auctioneer for Johnson Realty at Oberlin, Kansas. He had been the auctioneer for Imperial Livestock, both sale barns in McCook, Oberlin Livestock, Hoxie Sale Barn and Plainville Livestock. One of the highlights of his year was working the 4-H auctions where he enjoyed teasing many of the kids.
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Roger was currently working full time for Pratt Livestock & Winter Livestock in Dodge City, Kansas, and has worked there for the past 25 years. In addition, he auctioned the Ottley Car Auction in Hays, Kansas. The highlight of Roger’s career was becoming the World Livestock Auctioneer Contest Champion in 1991.
He married Becky Herrman in 2000 and they had one son, Taten John, who was truly the light of his life. He and Becky moved to Kalvesta, Kansas, where he worked for Winter Livestock. Roger had a registered herd of Gelbvieh cattle and developed Stateline Genetics, which he loved so much. In addition to tending to his cattle, Roger also enjoyed spending his time golfing and fishing. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church, World Wide College of Auctioneering Hall of Fame, Livestock Marketing Association and North Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.
He is survived by his son, Taten, of Colby; parents, Gary and Shirley Emigh, of Selden; two brothers, Kyle and Russ Emigh, of Selden; a sister and brother-in-law, Lori and Mark Miller, of Rexford; maternal grandmother, Tressie Rogers, of the Cedar Living Center in Oberlin; two uncles and their wives, Roy and Deb Rogers, of North Platte, Nebraska, and Terry and Sue Rogers, of Lincoln, Nebraska; one aunt and her husband, Judy and Laverne Rentschler, of Smith Center; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Roger was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clyda and Lyle Emigh; one aunt, Joan Emigh; and maternal grandfather and working companion, W. A. Rogers.
Roger was an extraordinary man who had yet to meet a stranger, and he left a lasting impression on all those whose paths he crossed.
Funeral Service: Friday, April 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Golden Plains Jr.-Sr. High School Gymnasium in Rexford, Kansas, with Rev. Cyd Stein officiating
Burial: Selden Cemetery, Selden, Kansas
Memorial: In his name
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