Roger D. Dotson, 71, formerly of Marion, died at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Roger was born on March 6, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of Robert and Mary 'Louise' (Monti) Dotson. He was raised in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1965.
Upon graduation, Roger enrolled at SIU Carbondale, before enlisting in the Army in 1967. Roger honorably served in the U.S. Army for four years, serving in the Vietnam War from 1967-1968 before being stationed in Germany.
Roger was a well-respected leader in the banking industry for over 48 years. Most recently, he was employed as a banking specialist at West & Co CPA. He had been actively involved in many organizations over the years that serve the communities where he has lived, including; Kiwanis, Decatur SCORE program, United Way (served as the 2007 President of Effingham County), Marion's Heartland Regional Medical Center, and the Community Bankers Association of Illinois.
Survivors include children: Kerrie (Joel) Chapman of Bartonville, Mary (Jonathon) Cash of Alton, Jennifer (Joseph) Altomonte of Bellingham, MA, and Keith (Jennifer) Dotson of Leominster, MA; grandchildren: Kolten and Bryce Chapman, James Altomonte, and Emily and Jack Dotson.
After living in many communities throughout Central Illinois, Roger recently settled in Mahomet with plans to marry his fiancÚ, Karrie Herzog, in August. She survives, along with her children, Olivia and Derek Herzog, and his future mother and father-in-law, Pam and Jack Conley of Findlay.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jo Ann Hanselman.
Memorials may be made to the United Way or the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Program, two organizations that Roger proudly supported throughout his life.
In accordance with Roger's wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be offered at http://www.owensfuneralhomes.com.