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Roger S. Spotts


1938 - 2020
Roger S. Spotts Obituary

Roger S. Spotts, 82, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 25.

He was born July 29, 1938, in Friedensburg to Kermit J. and Annabelle M. Seltzer Spotts.

He was married for 62 years to his loving wife, Margaret Louise Bair Spotts, on Oct. 11, 1958.

Roger was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1956, where he was a standout basketball player and helped lead the Hurricanes to multiple league titles. He was noted for his sideline stabs and underhand foul shots, and led the miraculous second half comeback versus Coaldale in the 1956 playoffs.

He was an employee of Guers Dairy before beginning a 45-year career with Sears, Roebuck and Co. where he was the lead salesperson in Home Furnishings at the Pottsville and Schuylkill Mall stores. Through his work visiting customers' homes, there wasn't a place in Schuylkill County where he wouldn't know people on a first-name basis.

Roger spent his time deeply involved with his family and community. Most important in his life was his family. He was devoted to his wife, Peggy, who was the love of his life. They raised four accomplished sons. Through his guidance and example, he was an instrumental part of their personal, athletic and professional successes. Always involved in their lives, he coached many of their baseball, basketball and football teams. He always found time to rally his sons and their friends for extra practice and games throughout the year. One of his greatest joys was to attend the activities of his nine grandchildren and provide treats to them afterward. His love for Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes sports made him a constant fixture at games throughout his life. His community involvement was highlighted by serving on the Schuylkill Haven Borough Council for 18 years. While on the council, he served as vice president and chaired several committees. Most notably, he was instrumental in improving the park and recreation facilities of the borough. He catalyzed the development of Schuylkill Haven Island Park by leading his family's sponsorship of the baseball fields, now known as Spotts Family Fields No. 1 and No. 2, which spurred further investment in making the park a great regional asset. He also loved being a part of other recent improvements such as Bubeck Park and the Schuylkill Haven Recreation Center.

Roger was a lifelong member and served on consistory at the First United Church of Christ, Schuylkill Haven.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bruce K. Spotts and William E. Spotts.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and his four sons, Jeffrey A., of Orwigsburg, husband of Donna, Joel R., of Columbia, S.C., husband of Joyce, Jon L., of Corona Del Mar, Calif., husband of Jennifer and Mark E., of Frederick, Md., husband of Linda; nine grandchildren, Jill, wife of Matthew Minakowski, of Macungie, Mallory, wife of Joseph Brennan, of Macungie, Nicholas, husband of Kassandra of Columbia, S.C., Kaitlin, of Hollywood, Calif., Benjamin, of Portland, Ore., Eleanor and Annabelle, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., Quinlan and Emerson, of Frederick, Md.; two great-granddaughters, Nevaeh and Elise, of Columbia, S.C.; one soon-to-arrive great-grandson to Jill and Matt (January 2021); nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family due to safety concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic. A Celebration of Life service is planned for the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider the continued development of the Island Park in Schuylkill Haven. Contributions can be made to the Island Park Committee, 333 Center Ave., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.gsesfuneralhomes.com. Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements, with cremation services provided by Riverside Cremation Services LLC, both in Schuylkill Haven.


Published in Republican & Herald on Oct. 27, 2020
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