OBITUARY

Roger Lee Withrow

August 13, 1971July 3, 2018
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Roger Lee Withrow, age 46, of Warsaw, passed away in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Roger was born on August 13, 1971 in Cleveland to Roger and Judith (Hanger) Withrow. He loved racecars and motorcycles. He also enjoyed watching any sports when it came to Cleveland teams. He liked to listen to Brittany Spears. He also especially loved to watch cooking shows.

Along with his parents, Roger is survived by his sister, Pam Withrow, two brothers, David Withrow and Michael (Kim) Withrow, five nephews, Shane Cooper and Spencer, Michael, Nicholas, and Bryon Withrow, five nieces, Toni Cooper, Kendall Helms, and Erin, Kyile, and Caylee Withrow, one great-niece, Aurora Cooper, and three great-nephews, Caden, Cameron, and Dominic Leach.

Roger was preceded in death by his uncle, Tom Withrow, and his grandparents, Addison and Mary Withrow, Skip and Dorothy Hanger, and nephew-in-law, Pete Leach.

Calling hours will be held at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday with Pastor Stan Braxton officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Warsaw.

For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 8, 2018
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Biography

“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Roger Lee Withrow, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

Roger was born on August 13, 1971 at Lakewood Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the son of Roger and Judith (Hanger) Withrow. Raised in between Cleveland, Ohio and Coshocton, Ohio, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Roger was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Roger was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Roger was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Roger also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Roger was raised with three siblings. He had one older sister and two younger brothers. Roger was constantly involved in activities with his family. Roger and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, Roger was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. Roger was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Roger was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Roger took part in a number of activities as a child. He took part in soap box derby races and was also a cub scout. In his spare time he liked to fix old radios. Roger's memorable achievements included taking first and second place in his soap box derbies while he lived in Cleveland.

Most folks would say that Roger was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Roger was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, Roger best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view. The friends that he made, Roger kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Danny, J.J., and Sandy.

Roger liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Roger's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Roger preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were cooking. He wanted to be a chef and he loved watching cooking shows. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list to watch were baseball and football (any sports team from Cleveland). Roger was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Roger had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included going to the caves in Tennessee and going fishing.

Roger had Chey, an Alaskan malamute, who was his best friend for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his cat, Fluffy, and Vicki, his German Shepard. Roger was as loyal to his pets as they were to him.

Roger passed away in his sleep on July 3, 2018 at home and in the comfort of his own bed. Roger had spina bifida and only one kidney. His kidney began to shut down and he left this world. He is survived by his loving parents, Roger and Judith Withrow, his sister, Pam Withrow, two brothers, David Withrow and Michael (Kim) Withrow, five nephews, Shane Cooper and Spencer, Michael, Nicholas, and Bryon Withrow, five nieces, Toni Cooper, Kendall Helms, and Erin, Kyile, and Caylee Withrow, one great-niece, Aurora Cooper, and three great-nephews, Caden, Cameron, and Dominic Leach. Services were held at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home in Coshocton, Ohio on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Roger was laid to rest in Valley View Cemetery in Warsaw, Ohio.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Roger was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Roger was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Roger Withrow was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with Roger. He will be missed.