Roger Lee Smith, 74, of Monarch, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Westmorland Hospital.
Roger was pre-deceased by his father and mother, Ralph and Velma Smith; infant twin sons, Timmie and Scottie; and another infant son.
Roger is survived by his wife of 51 years, Cynthia; sons Jeffrey (Lori) of Metamora, Ill., James (Natalie) of Greensburg, and Stephen (Matt) of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren include Michaela, Larissa, Noah, Tessa, Ian and Juliana Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria Jean Wagner (Larry) of Holland, Ohio; nieces and nephews Karen (Rex) Thorburn, David Bridegland (Connie), David, Laurie, Pamela, Rachel and Tim; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Valerie Tinley (Tom) and Deryck Horton (Moya).
Roger was born in Morgantown, W.Va., and grew up in Smithfield. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, worked at the former Steel Scaffolding, and retired from Fike’s Dairy after 29 years. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church. Roger’s greatest joys were his family, his golden retriever Rusty, helping others, watching and feeding wild birds year round, and gardening.
The family would like to extend special appreciation to all of the doctors and nurses who have been involved with Rogers care, especially Dr. Adisey, Dr. Campbell, Fayette Home Care, Veterans Affairs and Excela Health Hospice.
Viewing will be held at the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6. The funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Steven Lamb, and will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7. Interment will follow in Mt. Moriah Baptist Cemetery, Smithfield, with Military Rites being accorded by Amvets Post 103.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Veterans Administration at https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/48119268/.