Roger Jameson Smith
January 26, 1935 – April 24, 2021
Retired USAF Colonel Roger J Smith passed away on April 24, 2021 in Jacksonville Florida. He was 86 years old. Roger started out in the world on January 26, 1935 in Fostoria, Ohio. He was the first son of Ruland Smith, a high school math teacher, and Frances Smith. He grew up in Newark, Ohio where he graduated from high school in 1953. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Roger and Marilyn Ann Dickey were married on June 6, 1959.
Roger entered the United States Air Force from ROTC in October 1958, became a pilot, and subsequently received a Master’s degree from USC and graduated from the USAF Aerospace Research Test Pilot School and the United States Naval War College. He spent most of his Air Force years in the experimental flight test business with two operational tours of duty in Germany. In 1967, he flew 75 combat missions in the A-37 at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam; and in 1968-1969 He piloted 128 combat missions in the F-105D from Takhli RTAFB, Thailand. His combat decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, and 10 Air Medals. He totaled over 5000 flight hours during the span of his Air Force career. In 1975, Major Smith and two other Air Force majors were awarded the MacKay Trophy for Aviation for Project Streak Eagle which set eight world time-to-climb records using the F-15 aircraft.
Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1984, Roger was employed by Sverdrup Technology at Eglin Air Force Base. He was a member of Daedalians, The Quiet Birdmen, The Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Lancaster California Aerospace Walk of Honor.
Roger and Marilyn have two sons, Eric Smith (Carol) of Denver CO and Mark Smith (Nora) of Jacksonville FL, and a daughter Lisa Losee (Mike) of Jacksonville FL. Roger and Marilyn have five grandsons, Matthew Losee (Maggie), Nicholas Losee, Captain Harris Smith (Mikaela), Holden Smith (Ariel), and Avery Smith. They have one granddaughter, Samantha Losee and three great-granddaughters, Carmen, Candace, and Macy Losee.
Roger was predeceased by his parents and his brother, David. Roger and Marilyn recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, but have spent most of their time since their retirement between Denver, Colorado and Ft Walton Beach, Florida enjoying each other, their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren. A service will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 beginning at 2pm at Jacksonville National Cemetery with military honors. A future memorial service will be held in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a donation to www.communityhospice.com and/or www.wingsofhope.ngo
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Roger Jameson Smith
John and Nora Doss
May 6, 2021
John and I remember attending Roger's birthday at Red Lobster. He was such a fun host.
May 3, 2021
My favorite memory of my grandfather was going to the air shows with him while I was a teenager. I enjoyed the air shows as much as he did and more! He will forever be in my heart as I know he is soaring that jet plane without limit in the heavens! Blue skies Grandpa!
May 2, 2021
COL Smith was the son of my mother's cousin. Although somewhat older than I, he was always friendly and interested. We reconnected in later years and exchanged Christmas cards. He was humble and unassuming about his career and achievements-which are many. I enjoyed the pictures of their family over the years, with new faces appearing yearly, sometimes. He was in many ways heroic, although he would likely say he was "just doing my job. " I think of him as having "the right stuff. " He was one of a kind. Prayers and blessings to his family. -- The David and Mary Pyle family.
May 1, 2021
My favorite memory of Uncle Roger was the time I accidentally called him instead of my dad to come pick me up from a school dance. Of course, I only had 10 Pfennig, so I couldn’t then call my house, but he was nice enough to only laugh at me a little bit before hanging up.
“Well now,” he said, “this is the other Smith house. Am I supposed to come get you? And somebody forgot to tell me?” 😆☺️
But he did call my dad so that he knew I was ready to come home.
Much love, Uncle Roger. Thanks for always accepting us as we were, and treating us the same as your own kids. 💕
April 29, 2021
It has been a privilege for over half a century to have known Roger and Marilyn since the early days flying test in the F-15 program. Roger had a delightful sense of humor and a razor sharp analytical mind. It was an honor working with him and sharing our connection in later years thru our local church. Condolences and heartfelt sorrow for Marilyn, Lisa, Mark and their families. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Roger. May God Bless & Comfort You, Denny & Elizabeth Mangum
Cheryl & Garick Davenport
April 29, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Marilyn and family on the passing
of her beloved Husband Roger Smith. Our hearts are with you
and our prayers surround you. Thinking of you and praying for
comfort and peace.
The Davenport Family