Roger Van Meter

Roger Van Meter, a longtime employee at La Cage aux Follies, died of an undisclosed illness Aug. 14 at Doctors' Community Hospital in Lanham, MD, according to his longtime friend and roommate Shirley Dearolph. He was 52.
Van Meter was born June 18, 1963, in Alexander [Morgan County] IL. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1975, and was honorably discharged in 1976.
Van Meter moved to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area in 1976. During his first 10 years here, he worked for the Lone Star Bar in Northwest D.C. and Chesapeake House, a former gay strip club also in D.C.
He then began working in management at La Cage aux Follies in Southeast D.C., where he remained for nearly 12 years. Most recently, Van Meter was employed in management positions in several hospitality restaurants in this area.
Dearolph said Van Meter would be remembered by many close friends for his willingness to help others. He had a unique sense of humor and a deep love of animals. He also was an avid reader, particularly of science fiction, and loved movies. His favorite film was 'The Wizard of Oz.'
Van Meter is survived by many family members and good friends.
A viewing, from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a memorial service is scheduled to be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at Gasch's Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.
A celeblration of Van Meter's life is to follow at the Lil' Pub, 6i55 Pennsylvania Ave., SE.
Burial will be at 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Crownsville State Veterans Cemetery, 1132 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, MD.

From The Washington Blade, Washington, D.C., August 26, 2005, p. 41

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