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Roger H. Gingrich

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Roger H. Gingrich, 73, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 after fighting a long, courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his bedside when he passed. Roger was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1940 and spent his childhood in the upstate New York area. He joined the United States Marine Corps in the fall of 1963.

Upon completion of flight training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and during his 23 years in the Marine Corps, he served as the Commanding Officer of HMM-263 at New River, NC, and SOMS at MCAS Yuma, AZ. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Management, and he retired from the USMC in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He began working for the city of Yuma, AZ in 1986 and held the position of Assistant Director of Public Works until his retirement in 2004.

Roger continued working part-time as the Coordinator of Water Resources until his passing. He belonged to numerous organizations: National Water Resource Association, Colorado River Water Users Association, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association, and the Western Coalition of Arid States, among others. Roger was also a member of the Caballeros de Yuma for 30 years.

He was preceded by his parents, Roger and Louise Gingrich. He is survived by his wife of more than 49 years, Betty; his children: Marchelle Gingrich Tomassetti (Art), Bradley Gingrich (Heidi), and Erin Gingrich Dolby (David). His four grandchildren: Sydney and Lily Gingrich, and Taryn and DJ Tomassetti; his sister Mina Frank of Ocala, Florida.

A service is planned for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the MCAS Yuma Chapel. For information regarding base access, please email: gingrichmemorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Mayo Clinic Hospital, - Sherman Home, or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in The Yuma Sun on Nov. 26, 2013
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