Roger Thorp Obituary

Roger B. Thorp
Roger B. Thorp

November 13, 1933 - October 7, 2021
Born in Grinnell, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Roger Baty Thorp, 87, of Des Moines, died in his sleep at home on October 7, 2021. He was born November 13, 1933 in Grinnell, Iowa to Cliff and Elda Thorp.

Following high school, Roger served in the U. S. Air Force and eventually met his future wife Nancy at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois. They were married for 66 years. After leaving the Air Force he made a career as a television video engineer. He started at the NBC station in Champaign, Illinois, then made his way to Des Moines where he worked for Iowa Public Television, eventually retiring at age 65. He trained as a watch maker while in the Air Force and used his knowledge and dexterity to work on watches, jewelry, TVs and even early home computers. Roger was devoted to his family and made time with them a priority.

He was recently preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; and was also preceded by his parents and granddaughter, Janna Bash. Survivors include son, Dana Thorp, daughter, Renee Thorp, brother, Gary Thorp; grandchildren, Mattheu Thorp, Dala Thorp, Trevor Dickey, and Brandan Winn, great grandchildren, Abby, Alton, Agustus, Adella, Jeremy, Alex, Aubrie, and Catelyn.

Roger and Nancy’s cremains will be entombed at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa.