Roger began square dancing and calling in Chicago, IL in 1959 as a member of the Calico Kids, where Velma Larson taught him to square dance and call. As a member of both the Calico Kids and Calico Teens exhibition groups, he performed at State Festivals and National Conventions between 1960 and 1967. The exhibitions included hash square dancing, round dancing, contras, quadrilles, tandem squares, clogging and challenge dancing.
In 1967 he moved to Oregon to attend Oregon State University, where he earned his teacher's degree. He was a Building Inspector for local governments for 13 years, and had taught 5th and 7th grades for 15 years. Roger retired from teaching on July 1, 2004.
While dancing with the OSU Promenaders in October 1967, he met his wife, Linda. They were married on June 20, 1971 and are the parents of two daughters - TannaLynne Michelle (deceased) and Brooke Nicole, born in 1977. Linda is also a teacher, retired in 2001.
Roger and Linda have been active in the Mid-Winter Festival for many years. Their main responsibility has been scheduling the callers for the Festival. There were the Co-Chairman for the 2011 Festival and served as Chairman for the 2012 Mid-Winter Festival.