Born: 6/15/1933, Died: 3/3 013
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SCAPPOOSE, Ore. - With his family by his side, Roger Conant Follett passed away quietly in his sleep.
Roger was born in Montpelier, Vt., to Frank Charles Follett and Ruth (Conant) Follett. He graduated from Montpelier High School at age 16. He was a merchant mariner and then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1961, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
On June 2, 1955, Roger married Ruth Ann Fiddock and they raised four children in various locations around the U.S., but mostly in Clarksburg, Mass. Ruth predeceased Roger in 2004 after a long struggle with cancer.
After working for Sprague Electric for many years, Roger became president of FilMag Electronics in San Diego. He traveled often for business and pleasure, and he especially loved Taiwan. In 1996 Roger acted as tour guide for an extended trip to Asia with his brother Frank and his late brother-in-law, Henry Fuller. He retired to Sebring, Fla.
He was a lifelong, avid reader and coin collector. He enjoyed piloting his airplane, achieving his private pilot's license and instrument rating. Roger also spent time building a remote-controlled airplane. He took pleasure in learning about all things electronic, and he operated and repaired radio equipment.
Roger is survived by his four sons: Michael Lee and wife Maureen, of Massachusetts; Lawrence David and wife Debbie, of Arizona; Christopher J. and wife Kellie, of Oregon; and Frank Calvin and wife Sandra, of Connecticut. Roger is also survived by his three siblings: Sonia Fuller, of Maine, Frank Bailey Follett III and wife Barbara, of Vermont, and Harrison Joseph "Joe" Follett and wife Barbara, of Florida. Roger leaves behind five grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Roger will be cremated and buried alongside Ruth in Vermont in the early part of May. There will be a small memorial service and details will be available at a later date from Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the hospice agency within your community.
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 5, 2013