Roger Grant Stotler, age 91, of Houston, TX, died peacefully on Sunday, the 17th of March 2013, as a result of complications from a recent stroke. |
He was born in Alamo, Texas, on the 19th of October 1921, and lived much of his early life on a nearby ranch on the banks of the Rio Grande River. That land is now a major part of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Despite a lengthy journey to school using a rowboat and a ride on a farmer's truck, he was proud of his perfect attendance record throughout his school career and being chosen valedictorian for Pharr-San Juan –Alamo High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas, earning his tuition working as a switchboard operator for Roberts Hall Dormitory. After graduation in 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp, serving as a Training Officer in San Antonio, St. Louis, and Ft. Wayne, Ind.
In 1946, he was invited to Houston by his former commanding officer to join Rowles, Winston, a recently formed investment banking firm. He served as an officer of the Texas Securities Industry Association for many years and enjoyed his work until the age of 80. As a longtime resident of Piney Point Village, he served multiple terms on the City Council. Other community involvement included serving as a Boy Scout troop leader. He was a long term member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and served on its Administrative Board. Arriving in Houston as a young man exiting World War II, he was quickly embraced by the Houston community and developed a great love for the city.
Lifelong interests included a weekend cabin in East Texas, travel and gardening. As a staunch believer in seeing our United States first, he travelled to Europe for the first time at the age of 63, but returned to England, France and Italy more than 30 times before health concerns limited travel in his late eighties. Noted for his green thumb, Roger maintained a home greenhouse filled with begonias and fuchsias for over three decades.
He is reunited in death with his wife Nance Fruit Stotler of 43 years.
He is survived by his dear friend, Carolyn Payne; sons, David Stotler, and wife Adele of Long Beach, California, Elliott Stotler and wife Katherine of Port Edward, South Africa; grandchildren, Emily, Anne, Julia, Ryan, and Cason; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Metzenthin of Webster Groves, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Jim Metzenthin, Emily Peterson and Margaret Metzenthin.
The family wishes to expressly thank his caregivers, Grady Duncan, Marvin Brown, Patricia Reynolds and Danielle Green who provided tender, loving care and comfort in his last years.
Friends are cordially invited to visitation with the family from three o'clock in the afternoon until six o'clock in the evening on Sunday, the 24th of March, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past eleven o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 25th of March, in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Rev. Bill Denham is to officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Fellowship Hall.
Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be directed to TIRR/Memorial Hermann Foundation fund, 929 Gessner Rd., Ste. 2650, Houston, TX, 77024; St Luke's United Methodist Church, PO Box 22013, Houston, TX, 77227-2013; the Bayou Bend Garden's Endowment, PO Box 6826, Houston, TX, 77265; or to the
Published in Houston Chronicle from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013