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Roger Myers

Roger Kenneth Myers

Sunday, November 16th, 1924 - Monday, April 26th, 2021
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Roger K Myers, 96, passed away on Monday April 26th at Lutheran Life Village in Kendallville. Roger was born in Coldwater, Ohio on November 16th 1924. After graduating from Coldwater High School he entered the US Army Aircorp to serve in WWII along with his 3 brothers and a brother-in-law. After being honorably discharged he attended International Business College where he met his wife to be, Vonola Barkley, whom he married on October 16th 1949. They enjoyed 66 years together. Roger was the station manager for Delta Airlines for 43 years, retiring in 1990. Roger was a longtime active member of Nine Mile United Methodist Church, he served on the SW Allen County School Board for 16 years, was the curator of the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, he was a member of numerous aviation based organizations; the OX5 Club, Air Force Association, and the War Birds. Roger organized annual bus trips to the Dayton Airforce Museum and was able to take an Honor Flight. Roger was a Gideon. Roger was the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.He also co-authored "Fort Wayne Aviation, Baer Field and Beyond". Roger's 3 passions in life were his family, his relationship with God, and aviation. He is survived by his sons, Larry (Cheryl) of Lombard, IL, Dale of Andover MA, and Carl (Cheri) of Avilla, IN; 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Vonola, and grand daughter Jamie Myers. Funeral service for Roger will take place at Nine Mile United Methodist Church (6303 Winters Road Fort Wayne) on Friday May 7th at 11 am with calling 1 hour prior. Visitation will be on Thursday May 6th at FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services (6557 N Clinton St) from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials in Roger’s honor may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Nine Mile United Methodist Church
    Address
    6303 Winters Road
    Fort Wayne, IN 46809
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  • Service

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Nine Mile United Methodist Church
    Address
    6303 Winters Road
    Fort Wayne, IN 46809
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  • Interment

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Greenlawn Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Versailles, Indiana
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Tim Zumbaugh

Posted at 09:06pm
So sorry to hear about the passing of Roger. Condolences to the Myers family.

Roger was a good friend and colleague of mine while serving the Fort Wayne Aviation Museum. Roger served as chairman, and later curator, for the museum, but whatever his title he was always the key point person from its inception in the 1980’s until his health made him relinquish the reins. His wealth of local aviation knowledge was second to none, and he was always able to help families or researchers discover past aviation history.

We have lost a true local treasure of the local aviation community.

Tim Zumbaugh

Thomas Lau

Posted at 09:44pm
I am deeply saddened to hear of Roger's passing. On several occasions in the late 90's and 2000's... him and I would meet in Wapakoneta and I would leave my car there and he would drive us to the Air Force Museum and we would spend the day enjoying that and seeing the Presidential Aircraft collection was always a highlight of the trips. Although I had not had any communication with him in more recent years, our last trip to Dayton was in the November 2008, I had not forgotten about him or our friendship which I will cherish. He was a very kind, generous friend and I will miss him dearly. I always enjoyed his stories of his time serving during World War 2. He showed me the museum at Fort Wayne's airport in 1996 and we had been in communication since about 1993/1994. My deepest condolences to Roger's entire family. It was an honor knowing Roger and rest in peace, my friend. You have earned it.
DH

Dan Howe

Posted at 07:50pm
My condolences to the family. I always enjoyed talking with Roger and am saddened to learn of his passing.
Northeast Indiana Aviation lost our curator with the passing of Roger Myers. He was kind, interesting, and full of stories and knowledge of aviation history in northeast Indiana. If any part of the current terminal expansion would be named in honor of a local aviation figure, Roger is the guy.

RIP Roger Myers, and condolences to his family.
 

Thomas Lau Posted at 10:56pm

Dan, I agree with what you said about Roger. If anyone deserves such an honor, it should be him. I lost contact with him and tried a couple times in the last 10 years but never heard from him. I just happened to come across his obituary in the Van Wert newspaper.
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