Roger David Law, 73, of Port Washington, passed away late Saturday afternoon (Nov. 16, 2013) in the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born in Cambridge, on May 28, 1940, son of the late Willard D. Law and the late Helen Jeannette Thomas Law.
He was a member of the Cambridge High School class of 1958. Roger then enlisted in the Navy as a seaman and served for more than 28 years. He retired as a lieutenant commander in 1987. Roger served on several carriers during his career and also was a captain on several PT Boats during the Vietnam War. He also served during the Dessert Storm campaign. While in the Navy, Roger was a former member of the Moose Lodge, Virginia Beach. He returned to civilian life in Tuscarawas County and owned and operated his own business, Home Handyman's Service, for several years. He also owned real estate and rental properties.
Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing video war games. He also taught Hunter Safety Courses in this area, as he was an instructor for many years. He also enjoyed taking care of and spending time with his family, which he considered his most important position.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Clayton Gene Law, Virginia Beach; a granddaughter, Rachel Lynn Speicher, Newcomerstown; a great-grandson, Brandon Lee Speicher, Newcomerstown; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Hayhurst, Brandon, Fla.
Roger is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Maxine Watson Law, whom he married on April 4, 1959, as he was beginning his career in the Navy. He also leaves a son and his wife, David Vincent and Patricia R. Law, Newcomerstown; a daughter, Victoria Lynn Pope, also of Newcomerstown; 11 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; and a sister, Paula Jeanne Hayhurst, Brandon, Fla.
Funeral services to celebrate Roger's life were Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown, with Minister Tim Hatfield officiating.
Burial followed in the North Salem Cemetery, Guernsey County, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard conducted military graveside services.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Roger's name to the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard, One Canal Court, Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or the Cy Young Youth League, P.O. Box 68, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.