ROGER KIRKPATRICK

1933-2010

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Roger Norman Kirkpatrick, 76, of West Lafayette, went to be with his Heavenly Father, with his wife, Shirley (Willer) Kirkpatrick, and daughter, Tammy Jo at his side, on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Roger was born in Coshocton on June 28, 1933, the only child of the late Robert and Clarice (Norman) Kirkpatrick.

Shirley and Roger would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2010.

Roger, a born-again Christian, is now with his daughter, Bobbi Jo, who went to heaven Oct. 4, 1964. With his Lord's help, Roger was tough and courageous. After winning several battles from skin, and ear cancer, Lymphoma, Amelia Blastoma and Chemotherapy, it was finally lung cancer that was too much for his earthly body to endure.

Roger was a graduate of West Lafayette High School and spent his entire life on the family farm near West Lafayette.

He would always tell people, "I was raised in my parent's home, moved a quarter of a mile down the road and I can see me cemetery from here."

He always kept busy. He was an avid sportsman and worked at the Paul Apple Pennzoil Station on Main Street in West Lafayette. Later, he owned the Shell Station on Main Street in West Lafayette and then was employed for over 30 years at General Electric in Coshocton.

He always kept busy. He was an avid sportsman and worked at the Paul Apple Pennzoil Station on Main Street in West Lafayette. Later, he owned the Shell Station on Main Street in West Lafayette and then was employed for over 30 years at General Electric in Coshocton.

Roger loved and servied his Country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a Conservative and proud American. He was a member of the Coshocton County Humane Society, Friends of the Animal Shelter, and loved animals especially his seven cats, Kitty Kupcake Kirkpatrick, Scooter, Harry, Gizmo, Tiny Tim Tigger, Blondie and Boo. He also enjoyed playing games with friends, colloecting replicas of Red Birds, watching the financial world, working in his farm and eating.

Along with his wife and daughter, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Polly Saggio of Newcomerstown; a special person he called son, Damon S. Litsey, DPM; cousins; the Coshocton County Hospice Team; and many friends who will miss him deeply.

Roger was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Tony Saggio; and Shirley's parents, Herb and Violet Willer.

A funeral service took place May 27 at the Given-Dawson Funeral Home, West Lafayette. The Rev. Chanuncey Eggan officiated. Burial took place in Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette, where the Coshocton County Veterans Council conducted military services.

The family wishes contributions be made to Hospice of Coshocton, the Calvary Methodist Church on State Street in Newcomerstown or to Friends of the Animal Shelter in Roger's memory.