Obituaries

Roger Tracy Converse, Jr.

August 23, 1976 - February 26, 2021

Roger “R.J.” Tracy Converse, Jr. 44, of Chicago passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.  Roger was born August 23, 1976, in Galesburg, IL the son of Roger Tracy, Sr. and Penny Jeanne (Carlson) Converse.

R.J. had one early passion in his life and developed several more throughout his life.  Very early on in his life R.J. developed a passion for the game of basketball.  He gravitated towards his Father’s favorite player Larry Bird but eventually desired to be the next Duke point guard Bobbie Hurley.  He would play 1 on 1 with his older sister and insist his younger brother rebound his practice free throw attempts.  He started his high school career at Waubonsee Valley but he concluded his high school career as a two time All Conference player from Hinckley Big Rock in 1994.  That following Fall he enrolled at Rockford College.  He graduated from Rockford College in 1998.

After ending his college basketball & education at Rockford College, R.J. relentlessly worked in various analytical roles in his professional career.  It became his passion to create continuous process improvements and implement these strategies to enhance his company’s performance.  Outside of his professional career, R.J. was a passionate pet owner to his Siberian Husky companions Trajan & Sabre. 

He was also passionate about his favorite band, college sport teams, culinary arts, and his family & friends.  R.J. was passionate about listening to Dave Mathews Band’s music, rooting for Ohio State Buckeyes in football & Duke Blue Devils basketball teams.  He loved creating amazingly delicious spreads while hosting or coming to gatherings.  But he was most passionate about being the best son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, godfather for his family & friends.

He is survived by his mother and father Penny and Roger Converse, his sister Courtney (Ken) Erickson, and his brother Joshua (Stephanie) Converse, his nieces and nephews, Taylor, Mitchell, and Kaitlin Erickson, and Brooklyn, Reagan and Colton Converse, and his beloved puppy and companion Sabre. 

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.  Due to COVID-19 occupancy requirements, please wear a mask and be prepared to wait if occupancy becomes an issue.  

Due to COVID-19 occupancy requirements, funeral services will be held private, and will be on an invitation only.  Following the funeral services R.J. will be transported to his final resting place at the River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia, IL.  After the committal service, we will conclude with a lunch service at Lincoln Inn Banquets at 1345 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to https://www.pawschicago.org/how-to-help/donate

Guest Book

  • Shelly Flanagan The news of his passing is just incredibly sad. My condolences to all his friends and family. For the short time I got to get to know Roger, I know he was a special one and someone that will be greatly missed by many.
  • Rob Hawbaker So sorry to hear about RJ. Heartfelt condolences to the entire Converse family during this difficult time. I have fond memories of playing backyard football with RJ growing up, and some late evenings we'd go to the movies and "train chasing" with Roger.
  • Karl converse I’m stunned by the sudden passing of RJ. You have our deepest sympathy from all the Converse’s in Sugar Land. We will continue to remember you’ll in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless
  • M/M David D. Jones (Jenna) Courtney, Please know we are thinking of, and praying for, you and your family during this time. Here for anything, David and Jenna
  • Randy and Kathy Harkins We are deeply saddened by RJ's loss of his battle and by his passing. He was always so friendly and a joy to be around. There was a distinct energy created by RJ ...with his witty and often humorous comments or responses. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. We pray for the entire Family.
  • Christine Bialczak With heartfelt sympathy, I like so many at Essendant enjoyed working with Roger more than 10 yrs and will miss him. One of his accomplishments that impressed me most was an amazing dashboard he created early on that was pure perfection. There was so much data behind the dashboard, yet it was easy to use, clearly provided needed results and was very meaningful to our business. I told Roger that I keep very few things in my "special folder" at work and his dashboard is one that I will keep forever. He laughed... We will miss Roger's smiling face and willingness to lend a helping hand at any time. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Sincerely, Christine
  • Divine Magluyan Our sincere condolences to the Converse family. Roger was one of my previous teammates that I looked up to. He's very smart and I have learned a lot from him at work. He's a funny guy and will surely miss his laugh and the stories he shared. It was a blessing to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
  • Jennifer and Scott Leathers We are incredibly saddened to hear of RJ’s passing. As college friends, we remember his great sense of humor, contagious smile, quick wit...and, as mentioned, his love for Duke basketball. Remembering RJ and thinking of the entire family. The Leathers Family
  • Peter Judkins The memories keep going through my mind. To me roommate, teammate, but most of all beloved friend, going to miss you very much. Mr and Mrs Converse, Josh, and Courtney, thoughts and prayers are with you. Thankful to have had RJ as a friend and for getting to know his family. --Peter
  • Verna V Sharas So sad to hear of this tragic news about RJ. Condolences to the entire Converse family on the loss of your beloved son, brother and uncle.
  • The Essendant Team From the entire Essendant Team, the Converse family is in our thoughts and prayers. The company will be making a donation in Roger's memory to Paws Chicago.
  • Jodi Davidson I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Converse family. It was a privilege to work with Roger over a span of 10+years. We were on the same team at different points in time, worked together on several projects, and with his expertise and analytical forward thinking I knew any time I was paired up with him, our team would score a W! I have utmost respect for Roger and as I got to know him on a more personal level, I discovered he was a foodie, so he loved talking about the foods of New Orleans(l live in La.); I was surprised to learn of his basketball career; but what I enjoyed the most was bantering back and forth with him— always a quick wit and we found humor in the small things. I am extremely saddened over the lost of my friend and I will miss him. I will pray for the repose of Roger’s soul and may perpetual light shine on him. May you rest in eternal peace, Roger.❤️🙏 Jodi
  • Phil Traskaski Rodger and I worked together at Essendant. I actually was the person who hired him. He was always upbeat and things rarely got him down He was a wizard in find better ways to handle any process. I offer prayers for him and his family. Dear God may the perpetual light shine upon him
  • Kimberley Diehl My deepest condolences to Rogers family and friends. I worked with Roger at Essendant for the last 6-7 years. We last messaged eachother several months ago about his new job. As always, he showed good humor and spirit. My heart is broken. Please know he was loved and will be greatly missed. May Roger rest in God's eternal glory. Sincerley, Kimberley Diehl
  • Matt Bivins We are deeply saddened to learn of RJ’s passing. The entire Converse family is in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathies, Matt Bivins and Family
  • Algis and Lucia Tirva We are sad to hear such heartbreaking news. Our condolences to Penny,Roger,Courtney and Josh.
  • Stacey Caldwell I am so very sorry to hear this news. My prayers and thoughts are with Roger, Penny, Courtney and Josh.
  • Thomas Schneider My condolences to Penny and Roger and their families for the loss their son Roger Jr.