Roman William Schlitz, 84, of Houghton Lake, Michigan, died unexpectedly at his home and woke to the Glory and Love of the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.

Roman was born in Burlington on Jan. 22, 1938, and later raised a family in Kenosha. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Schlitz; parents, George and Dorothy (nee Busch) Schlitz; sister Roberta Schlitz; mother-in-law and father-in-law Marian and Carl Larsen; and brother-in-law Larry Larsen.

Roman is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (nee Larsen) Schlitz, whom he married on June 8, 1963; daughters, Heidi (Tod) Harris and Marnie (Rick) Battista; daughter-in-law, Sheila Schlitz; grandchildren, Ashley Harris, Tyler Harris, Grant Harris, Brooke (Michael) Andrusiak, Brittany Battista, Sydney Battista, Lauren Schlitz, Aaron Schlitz and Megan Schlitz; future great-grandchild due in July 2023; brothers, Dave (Kathy) Schlitz and Leroy Schlitz; sister, Mary (Don) Dietz; and sister-in-law Charlene Larsen.

Roman served in the Army Reserves for six years as a Munitions Handling Specialist. He went on to lead a successful accounting career in the automotive industry for nearly three decades. He had a lifelong passion for fishing that brought him and his family to Michigan later in life where he spent countless summers on the lake. He was an avid hunter and member of the Wheatland Trophy Club along with his family and friends.

Roman was the definition of a family man and supported his children or grandchildren endlessly. He never missed his morning walk or an opportunity to offer a helping hand to others. He was a man of faith and regularly attended St. James Catholic Church in Houghton Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church. We believe that God wanted Roman to rest peacefully following a life filled with love.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 7307 40th Ave., Kenosha. Lunch in Bell Hall will follow mass.

A Celebration of Roman’s Life will be held in Michigan in the early summer of 2023.

Christler Funeral Home – Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Online condolences can be sent to

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