Roger Scriven

Roger Lee Scriven, 83, of Galesburg, formerly of Oak Park, died on March 23, 2018 at the Knox County Nursing Home. Born on Aug. 15, 1934, to Harvey Z. and Florence (Anderson) Scriven, he attended Galesburg High School and received his B.S. degree at Western Illinois University and earned his master’s at the University of Kansas. Raised in Wataga, he met his wife, Marilyn, at Galesburg High School, from which they graduated in 1952 and married in 1955. 

They eventually settled in Oak Park where he taught math at the Oak Park and River Forest High School as they raised their family. After teaching there for 29 years, in retirement the couple moved to Savanna, Illinois, where they lived for 17 years before moving back “home” to Galesburg in 2007. 

He was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Park and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg. Passionate about bowling, he was able to achieve multiple 300 games. His love of computers was legendary among his friends and family. A member of the Class of 1952 Reunion Committee, he was a master carpenter, building everything from furniture to house additions to remodeling (and once actually building) houses. He brought a creative and unique perspective to his projects and a sense of economy, both of use and of space, to everything he built. 

Roger Scriven is survived by his children, Mark Scriven and Ann (Scriven) Smith; his granddaughter, Savanna Grace Smith; his nephews, Terry (Kaylee) Johnson, Teddy Johnson and Tim Johnson; and his many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents; and his sister, Stella Maxine Johnson. 

Visitation is at noon on May 15 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, followed by a memorial service, Rev. Ecklund officiating. Cremation will follow. His remains will be scattered at East Linwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Galesburg. Online condolences may be made at

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