Roger James York was born February 24,1921 in St. Louis Missouri to a Roger Redford York and Katherine Donnelly York. As a young adult, Roger lived in Hawaii working in Pearl Harbor Naval Yards. From 1944 to 1947, Private Roger James York, of the Fist Marine Division, First Battalion, Seventh Regiment, joined the Marines to assist the war efforts of World War II. On the island of Okinawa, Roger took action against the enemy of Japan. It was from this battle; he was honored with a Purple Heart for a wound sustained in action. In addition, Roger was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in connection with operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, while serving with a Marine rifle company. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United Sates Marines. Upon returning home from war, Roger married Carolyn Jean Bammert on June 24th 1950. Together they had one child and three grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Roger was a man of many interests, including physics, calculus, pottery, fishing, and inventing. One of his most proud achievements was the invention of the York Kick Wheel. Spending time on the Mississippi and Missouri river, Roger grew a love for fishing and the water. He dedicated much of his life to the protection of all animals, large and small. Roger was a man respected and loved by all who knew him. He was the kind of man that would give a stranger his last meal and the shirt off his back. Always looking out for the needs of others, Roger was a true humanitarian. After 64 years of marriage, during which he loved Carolyn with all his heart, Roger James York died at the age of 94. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who loved and respected him.