Roger Dennis James, 67 of Anoka, MN passed peacefully on April 7, 2018 surrounded by family. Roger is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Corrine, stepdaughter Jill (Andrew) Meyer, granddaughters Taylor and Callie Evenson, sister Sandi (Garth) Drake, sister in-law Tina (Mark) Peterson, brother in-laws Jeff (Wendy) Slind, Scott Slind, nieces Debbie (Jimmie) Pankow, Jennifer (Kevin) Figy, nephew Michael Drake and several other nieces, nephews, family and great friends.
Roger grew up in Madison, WI as a die hard Badgers & Packers fan, playing many sports throughout his school years. He joined the Army in the early 70’s. It was during this time in Korea he became a cook, which paved the way for his eventual role as an Executive Chef.
Roger lived in Phoenix, AZ for 25 years, working at several top restaurants & resorts. He was featured in several cooking shows & segments in Phoenix throughout those years. His passion of cooking led him to work with some of the most well known Chefs & to enter cooking competitions, showing off his great talent in the kitchen.
Roger then moved to Captiva, Fl where he would meet his beloved wife Corrine. Although he had left the Midwest long ago in search of warmer climate, love trumped weather. In 2004, he and Corrine married and moved to Minnesota as they became grandparents to the their first of two granddaughters.
Roger was professionally known for his skills in the kitchen & personally known for his gentleness & concern for others. Without asking Roger would drop off homemade chicken noodle soup to an ill family member. He prided himself on the special homemade school lunches & sweet treats he made for his granddaughters. Roger had a fond interest of Western movies, the Green Bay Packers & Mohammed Ali.
At his request, no service will be held.