Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Roger Kellmann 1961-2009

Roger Kellmann died last week and his funeral services were today. Roger was an all around good guy, good officer and great husband and dad. We were on the Hostage Negotiation Team together when I was working at the Department. Roger was also a CSI and a Field Training Officer. He died from suspected heart failure which is a common side affect of the job stresses. He will be missed.





8x10 oil on canvas

34 comments:

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Heartfelt post and portrait, nice.

maria kovalenko leysens said...

What a lovely painting and tribute to a special man. Thank you for sharing and letting us know alittle bit about another...

jennifer woodburn said...

Beautiful portrait. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I'm sorry for your loss Sheila...your portrait will mean much to those who knew him...it's a lovely tribute.

dominique eichi said...

So sorry. A great portrait tribute.

Marie Theron said...

A very good portrait, gentle and full of character, Sheila. What a special way of honouring a friend!

sam said...

So young... youve captured a gentle character

-Don said...

Sheila, This is a wonderful tribute. I see that he died much to young. I'm sorry for your loss. -Don

Suzanne said...

you captured roger very well shelia. he was a very gentle kind man and i fondly remember our years as cubicle buddies when we were both working in the crimes against persons unit.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

A lovely tribute Sheila!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh honey; I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and partner. Having been through the academy myself (in WA), I understand and know well the brotherhood of police officers and how deeply losing a fellow officer cuts. You've done Roger proud with this beautiful portrait and I hope this is going to his family. A true gift of the heart.

Lauren Maurer said...

Sheila, you have a way with portraits- what a great way remember someone who sounds like a great guy! I'm sorry for your loss!

Abby Creek Art said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. You did a wonderful job painting him, Sheila.

Manon Doyle said...

Lovely piece to honor your friend Sheila. Sounds like was a terrific man!

Gary Heller said...

Wonderful painting and tribute. I'm sure his family would love to have this piece in honor of him. Its outstanding

Gwen Bell said...

So sorry to hear of this fine officer's passing. You've done a wonderful tribute here.

Art with Liz said...

What a beautiful tribute Sheila. And so sad to go so young.

Dean H. said...

Sorry for your loss, Sheila. The portrait is a wonderful tribute.

Spiritartartist said...

You've captured his spirit beautifully Sheila. Hugs, Sandy

Ellen said...

What a sad thing. I'm so sorry to read this, but I see that he was loved and respected. What a wonderul thing, to make a difference in this world. It was so nice of you to paint him and to commemorate his life.

Kathy said...

Sheila, A tragic loss, indeed. You honored his memory with a beautifully rendered portrait and by your wonderful words. - Kathy

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Your portrait captures the seriousness and gentleness of this man. He sounds like a dedicated man who will be missed. This is a great way to honor and remember him.

becky joy said...

Lovely portrait and sentiments. Thanks for sharing.

Edward Burton said...

An absolutely wonderful portrait and tribute, Sheila.

Vern Schwarz said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Sheila. You did a wonderful job on the portrait...a great tribute.

suzanneberry said...

How very sad. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your portrait is a lovely tribute.

Karen Hargett said...

I'm so sorry Sheila - so young. Your painting is a great tribute.

Lindsay said...

Beautiful tribute to your friend and co worker. They do pay a very high price for the job stress. So few people appreciate this.

L.Holm said...

Sympathies, Sheila. This is a wonderful portrait. You've captured a kind spirit here.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Wow, I can feel him through this beautiful portrait! Sorry, Sheila, for your loss.

Michelle said...

Such a wonderful portrait and tribute. Sorry for your loss of a great friend.

Dean Grey said...

My thoughts go out to Roger's family, Sheila!

So sweet of you to remember him like this.

-Dean

Nicki said...

This is a wonderful tribute, Sheila and I am sure it felt good to reflect on your time with him as you painted his portrait. He was much too young, but it sounds like he made a difference while he was here.

Take care,
Nicki

liz wiltzen said...

What a terrific job you've done with this portrait Sheila. It must have been a great way to channel your feelings about this being you shared time with who has now begun the next leg of his journey.