Roger Lee Maisch – husband, dad, Papa, and friend, woke up with Jesus on Friday morning, January 20, 2023. He was surrounded by family at his home in Oak Grove, MO as he took his last breaths. He passionately loved life on earth, but he was so excited to meet his Savior. His love of life was contagious, and his smile was one-of-a-kind. Roger was born on April 15, 1944, in Paola, KS to Walter Gerhardt Maisch and Minnie Edna Maisch (Minden). He was baptized on May 7, 1944, and confirmed in May of 1957 at Trinity Lutheran in Block, KS. He graduated from Paola High School in Paola, KS in 1962, and received his Bachelor of Science of Business Administration from Pittsburg State University in 1969.
Roger grew up on the farm with his two brothers and sister. He carried his love of the farm into his career in marketing and sales of farm equipment. He married the love of his life, Linda Johnson, on Valentine’s Day, 1965. They had three children and together the five moved around the country for years, always clinging closely to God and each other. Unconditional love was modeled in the home.
Roger loved spending his time with family and especially lit up when grandkids came into the house. He loved being on the water, enjoying fishing and boating. He also enjoyed hunting and had a great love of music – especially country and worship. The Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks held a special place in his heart, and he especially loved championship watch parties with family! His joy was simply infectious … he shined the light of Jesus in his every day, and all who knew him felt it. You just simply felt better in his presence.
Roger is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda (Johnson) Maisch of the home; his children Brad Maisch (Angel) of Peculiar, MO, Tara McGraw (Chad) of Blue Springs, MO, and Matthew Maisch (Gretchen) of Odessa, MO; eight grandchildren (his fan club) Chase McGraw, Maci Kate McGraw, Brody Maisch, Ciara McGraw, Natalie Maisch, Collins Maisch, Danner Macradee Maisch, and Maverick Maisch, and by his sister Marilyn Dempsay of Camarillo, CA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie (Minden) Maisch, father, Walter Maisch, brothers Larry Maisch and Lyman Maisch, and his buddy and brother-in-law, John Johnson.
The family will hold a celebration of Roger’s life at Timothy Lutheran Church, 425 NW RD Mize Rd., Blue Springs, MO on Thursday, January 26, 2023. Visitation will be at 10AM and the celebration service will be at 11AM. Memorial contributions can be made to the Changing Lives Foundation. A direct link for the Roger Maisch Memorial Fund can be found at: changinglivesfound.org/donate. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Roger and words of comfort for his family can be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.