Roger G. Hewitt
Roger G. Hewitt
Born February, 23, 1931 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Died October 6, 2006 in Medford, Ore.
Roger Hewitt was born in Los Angeles to George and Belle (Headlee) Hewitt, who were from Medford. His grandparents on both sides were also from Medford, arriving here about 1912. His parents graduated from Medford High School in 1926. His mother graduated from Southern Oregon Normal School (now SOU) in 1928. They were married in Medford in 1928 and shortly afterward moved to California.
His childhood summers in the 1930s and '40s were spent visiting his grandparents here in Medford and at their cabin on the Rogue River in Shady Cove. He fell in love with Oregon during these visits.
He graduated from high school in Los Angeles. While attending community college in Pasadena, he met his future wife, Betty Axelson, and they were married in 1951. Sons, Charles, Andrew and Edward completed the family.
His working life was spent in the wholesale hardware business-first as a buyer at California Hardware for 13 years and then as a manager of the E.B. Bradley Company for 22 years.
In January of 1986, he retired and moved first to Salem, Oregon and then on to Medford in 1988. He was a contractor and built their home here in 1988. The garden was his special joy with nine organic raised beds. Neighbors called his place, "the farm." He also tenderly cared for the family plot at the Eastwood IOOF cemetery.
Birding was a passion and his feeders attracted many different birds. Reading was another passion. He had a great love of art and was a member of the Portland Art Museum, Schnieder Museum in Ashland and the Rogue Gallery.
The beauty he found in Oregon, he saw as evidence of our Father's majestic handiwork.
His grandchildren, Kelly, Dominique, Erin, Sean and Clifton were the delight of his life. Seeing them start their college years was a special joy.
Roger was retired for over 20 years with rarely a sick day before his sudden passing from a heart attack. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 55 years; his sons, Charles, Andrew (Susan), Edward (Louise) and grandchildren.
His regular attendance at Eastwood Baptist Church for over 15 years enriched his life with personal spiritual growth and Christian fellowship. A memorial service will be held there on Wednesday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Known by all as a kind and thoughtful man of integrity,
he is missed so much by family and friends.