Roger A. Starkey who was loved by family and friends for his sense of humor, storytelling, and kindness passed away at 84 years young on September 13, 2021 after an extended illness. He was a true people person who lived a full life and said so many times. He was most proud of his family and often said he was blessed.
Roger was born on March 10, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Georgia E. (Gregg) and James W. Starkey who preceded him in death. He was a 1956 graduate of Chillicothe High School. Roger was preceded in death by siblings Linda (Starkey) Dowler and James (Jimmy) Starkey; ex-wife Derre (Rice) Starkey; friend Gladys Liebe and other good friends.
Roger was a lover of life and had many interests and hobbies. He enjoyed his corvette, camping and cookouts, golfing and trips with golf buddies, fast pitch softball, racing dirt bikes, horseshoe pitching, working on cars and Ohio State football. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 600 Chillicothe.
Roger had many friends in Chillicothe and Hilliard (where he lived for the last 5 years). He so enjoyed socializing, dining out and playing cards with them.
As a young adult, Roger worked at the Chillicothe Gazette newspaper beginning with a paper route and working up to a press room operator and mailing room foreman. He retired from Mead Paper Company after 40 years in multiple positions including sorter, cutter operator, trim operator, and quality control.
Roger’s most memorable time at the paper mill was as publisher of the Chilpaco Chieftain newsletter. He really enjoyed taking photographs at the retiree dinners and laying out the newsletter. He loved that the newsletter helped keep the employees, their families and retirees connected to their friends and co-workers.
He is survived by son, Roger Allen (Diane) Starkey, of Groveport; daughter Lisa (Ned) Wellman of Hilliard; granddaughter Sarah (Donald) Westcamp; grandson Erick (Danielle) Starkey of Dublin; two great grandchildren, Natalie and Brenden Westcamp; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses at Meadow Grove Transitional Care, Ross Heart Hospital and Mt. Carmel Grove City Hospital.
It was Roger’s wish for memorial contributions to be made to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1699 W. Mound St., Columbus, Ohio 43223. 614-884-4400.
Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society, 5464 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio is handling arrangements. No public service will be held.