BELLEVUE, Wash. - Roger Clarence McGee died peacefully on Sept. 22, 2012, at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash., with his son, Brian, by his side. He was 88 years old.
Roger was born on March 14, 1924, in Coshocton, to Clarence J. and Esther (Axcell) McGee. A Bronze Star recipient, he served in the Army during World War II and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from Otterbein College, where he met his future wife, Esther Marie Scott.
Roger's career in Ohio schools began as a high school history teacher and all-around athletic coach. He received his master's degree in school administration from the Ohio State University and advanced into school administration. He was hired as superintendent of schools in Sidney in 1964.
The McGee family attended the Memorial United Methodist Church in Sidney, where Roger taught Sunday school, served on many committees, sang in the choir, and chaired the building committee when the church constructed its new facility.
Roger was an active member of the Sidney Noon Kiwanis, including a term as president. He served on the boards of trustees of the Salvation Army and the Shelby County Monumental Building during their drive to restore the historic 19th century memorial to those who died in the Civil War.
Roger's time in the Sidney City Schools was marked by additions and improvements to school buildings, as well as innovative program development, especially at the high school level. He worked with community leaders to pass the first permanent improvement levy for the school district. He was inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor in 2002.
After retiring from the Sidney City Schools in 1977, Roger was dean of business services at Edison State Community College for four years and administrator of the Barnes Trusts Student Loan Program until 1996.
That year, Roger and Esther moved to Covenant Shores Retirement Center in Mercer Island, Wash., to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
There, Roger continued in his life of faith and service, taking a role in resident governance, offering devotions on Tuesday mornings at the Assisted Living building, playing trombone in the orchestra for Sunday services in the Fellowship Hall, and acting as co-director for the Covenant Shores' Men's Chorus biannual concerts.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; brothers; John and Edwin; and sister, Rosemary. Survivors include his daughters, Rosetta and Margaret, and son, Brian; grandsons, Kern, Rory, Trey, Tynan and Braden McGee, and Max Philipson; son-in-law, David Schroeder; and daughter-in-law, Kathe Kern.
Memorial services were held at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on Sept. 28, 2012, with Pastor Sheri Edwards Dalton officiating.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Oct. 6, 2012