Roger attended Cathedral High School in Belleville, Illinois. After graduation in 1955, he moved to San Antonio TX and enrolled at St. Mary’s University, where he graduated in 1959 with a degree in accounting. While in college, he served four years in the Naval Reserve. After graduating from St. Mary’s, he returned to Belleville and worked briefly in a long established family business. He quickly moved to St. Louis and worked as an accountant for Mallinkrodt Pharmaceuticals.
In 1967 Roger moved to Houston and began a long career in finance. He got a job with Bovay Engineers. There he enjoyed a long career, remaining with the company for 23 years. In 1990 Roger made a major career change; he left Bovay Engineers and joined CCRD Partners, a major engineering company. CCRD has been an important part of Roger’s life. He will stay there for 25 years until his retirement in 2015.
In the early sixties, the three Dollus brothers Roger, Dick and Jack built a summer house on a cliff by the Lake of the Ozarks. Each summer the Dollus family spent a lot of time there enjoying retirement. Roger would often invite friends in Houston over to the lake to join the family and spend a few fun days on the beautiful lake.
In the late 1960s, shortly after moving to Houston, Roger developed a keen interest in sailing and purchased his first sailboat, a 25ft Coronado. He moved from downtown Houston to the Clear Lake area to be closer to sailing activities. Roger became an active member of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association (GBCA), a large organization and center for sailing and social activities in the Clear Lake area. He regularly competed in weekend races in Galveston Bay. While a member of the GBCA, Roger made many lifelong friends.
In the early 1970s Roger bought a beautiful island sloop named Sundance. As sailing became a more important part of his life, Roger and his friends spent more time on the water. Years later he bought his third yacht, an Islander motor sailer, also named Sundance. As a member of the Lakewood Yacht Club, Roger and his crew typically joined the club-sponsored annual Harvest Moon Regatta, a race from Galveston to Port Aransas, TX. Each race was a memorable adventure spawning countless “sea stories” which were then “told and repeated” at social events.
Roger has always loved traveling to new places and meeting new people. He loved sailing trips in the Caribbean. Over the years, he visited friends who kept their yacht in a marina in Saint Lucia. On frequent visits, they made many island hopping, visiting anchorages in neighboring islands.
Roger also spent a lot of time in Florida. Years ago, he bought a beautiful Hyatt timeshare in Key West. Each year, a group of friends from Houston would come down to Key West for about a week and enjoy the tropics and the unique aura of Key West.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, Waldo and Marguerite Dollus of Belleville, IL and his brother Richard “Dick” Dollus of Shiloh, IL. Survivors are his brother John J. Dollus and his wife Sharon of DuQuoin, IL; her life partner, Harold Beck of Houston; his four nephews John F. Dollus and his life partner, Amie Keener of Garland, TX; Jeff Dollus and his wife Guita of Thousand Oaks, CA; Scott Dollus of Littleton, CO; and Rick Dollus and his wife Lisa of Chatham IL.
In lieu of flowers, you can contribute to one of Roger’s favorite charities, the Wounded Warriors or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A memorial service for Roger is scheduled for mid-September.
Posted by L’Entreprise Beaumont from August 18 to 19, 2021.