ROGER JUAN "HUEY TAXI" DEWITT
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ROGER
'HUEY TAXI' JUAN DEWITT, 69

LAKELAND - Roger 'Huey Taxi' Juan DeWitt, 69, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on 10/06/15 from cancer.
Roger was born in Penny Farms, Florida on 08/02/1946. He was married to Robette on May 18, 1968.
Roger spent the majority of his adult life in the Citrus Industry, retiring from Florida's Natural Growers. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot flying Huey's
and ended his service as Captain in Artillery. He earned many awards and medals for his military service.
Roger's biggest passion was always for fast sports cars and photography. His other passion was his love of our local baseball team, The Flying Tigers, where you would see him and his wife in their
first row seats beside the dug out for all their home games. His camera would be in one hand, ice cold beer in the other and a welcoming smile on his face.
Roger was preceded in death by his father, Charles, and mother, Phyllis, as well as his son Ryan. Roger is survived by his wife Robette 'Robie,' his daughter Raquel DeWitt Conley (Todd), granddaughters Hope White and Faith Conley, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Flying Tigers Community Room 2125 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland on 10/10/15 at 1:30 PM.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.heathfuneralchapel.com .




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Published in The Ledger from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2015.
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October 8, 2019
We think about you often and are still saddened by your passing. May your eternal soul rest in peace always.
Gary and Georgiana Maclin
Friend
October 2, 2019
Roger was in my Company his first tour in Vietnam. He was young as most of my aviators were. I told him and his brother aviators that they must have had good Mommas as they always did what they were told even when tired and worn out. What a pleasure to have had he and his cohorts as it made my job so much easier. I don't know if Roger was ever acknowledged for his devotion to his country or his family life but I told him how much I appreciated his service. Rest in peace Roger.
Eugene Beyer
Military
December 17, 2015
It was with great sadness that I learned that Roger had passed away. He and Robie were our friends when we were students at Florida Southern College and lived in the garage apartment next to their home on McDonald Street in Lakeland from 1973-76. Many fun hours were spent at their house playing board games or just sitting around talking. Roger was a kind and decent man and although we hadn't seen each other much through the years, I always remembered how nice he and Robie were to us, newly married college kids. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you, Robie and Raquel, as well as the rest of your family. May God bless you during your time of grief. I'll never forget my old friend.
Gary and Georgiana Maclin
October 10, 2015
So sorry to hear of the loss of this Man. He helped me in my fight to get the plagiarism of my husband's memoir, Chickenhawk, recognized and admitted. Helicopter pilots are a breed apart and he will be missed.
Patience Mason
October 10, 2015
Robie & Family,
Our Prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. May all your memories replace your tears.
Dottie & Jerry Mertz
October 9, 2015
Roger, Clay High School, Class of 1964
October 9, 2015
Raquel, when we were kids, I admired your Dad a great deal, for the way he loved and took care of his family! He always put his family first, and that spoke volumes.....May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and your Mom and all of your family at this most difficult time. My condolences, and may God Bless you all
Tina Rexroad Messer
October 9, 2015
Cousins: Bobby Williamson & Roger DeWitt playing soldier in Penney Farms ('59 or '60).
October 9, 2015
You're in our thoughts, Robie, and Roger will always be remembered at the ball field. We love you.
Julie Morgan
October 9, 2015
He Only Takes the Best

God saw that he was getting tired, a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around him and whispered, Roger come home with me.

With tearful eyes, we watched him, and saw him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hardworking hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes "The Best".
Bill and Sherry Russell
October 9, 2015
Roger came to Vietnam as a young inexperienced helicopter pilot who entered manhood in a hurry. He was one who did his job in a dangerous environment and molded a lifelong friendship with his fellow 1st Cavalry pilots. That friendship is hard to explain to those who were not there. I along with those who served with him have remained in contact with him over the years. He has now left our ranks and leaves a large void in our family of Nam survivors.
Robie, we are here if you ever need us. Please know that we mean that sincerely and may God be with you and family.
Gene Beyer
Eugene Beyer
October 9, 2015
Roger DeWitt, Bobby & Ann Williamon, Christmas 1954.
Roger was a great husband, family man, cousin, and veteran. Although most of his life, my cousin Roger lived a distance away, I would see him over the years at some family gatherings in North Florida. I didn't know until reading his obit that he served not one, but two tours in Vietnam. My personal remembrances of Roger began in Penney Farms where my family and he and his mother Phyllis lived just down the highway.

Roger made a little girl (me) ecstatic when he would let me ride his gentle horse, Brownie, in those days. I still remember him getting down from her saddle and saying to me, She's all yours! That was the first time that I rode Brownie solo around the wooded corral at the back of our grandparents' property.

At this time, I was only about 4 or 5 years old and remember asking my mother if I could marry Roger when I grew up. Of course, she advised me that I could not. He was more of a brother to my older sister and brother, Ann and Bob (both now deceased). Roger was always around then. I recall he once strung an elastic parachute cord over a drainage ditch in front of our grandparents' property, and we all had great fun swinging over that water-filled ditch probably hollering like Tarzan.

Once, he and my brother turned a parachute into a huge tent amid the pine trees next to our house in Penney Farms. They camped out in it overnight. I can still see that colorful orange-and-white tent in my mind's eye. No doubt the chute belonged to his dad, my Uncle Charles.

Of course, Roger will be greatly missed. He always had very kind things to say to my husband and me. My heart goes out to Robie, Raquel, Hope, and Faith. Much love and prayers to them. Roger's pain-free now and at peace. I imagine there's a wonderful, Heavenly family reunion going on about now. God rest his beautiful soul, and God bless his family he leaves behind.
Janis Williamson Smith
October 9, 2015
I only knew Roger for a small segment of his life. We served together in Vietnam.

He was an outstanding soldier and person. Someone you would remember the rest of your life.

I'm sorry to learn of his passing. My condolences to his family and all the other friends he made during his journey through life.

Hank Llewellyn
A/229th Assault Helicopter Bn
Vietnam
Hank Llewellyn
October 9, 2015
To all of Roger's family - My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Not only was Roger a great supervisor at Adam's - he was also a friend of mine back then. He will be missed.

Dallas - Adam's Packing
October 9, 2015
My thoughts and prayers reach out to you Robie and your family. Roger was a great friend to all and was always more than willing to share his photos or a story with us "Northern folks" during Spring Training.
Fred Meister
October 8, 2015
I love you all and call you family. My heart breaks for you all and I also celebrate Roger's life. He is living with The Lord and again, with Ryan. I know he is happy and at peace with no more pain. Rest in Peace Kind Sir. You are missed and forever loved by many.
May your grief be eased by our Heavenly Father.
Jesus I Trust In You.
Kathy Sullivan
October 8, 2015
It is true that only the good die young. You will be missed. With love and prayers to Robie and Raquel, Susan and Robin Smith
October 8, 2015
You will be missed by many fans, RIP.
Jeff Circe
October 8, 2015
My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Rosemary Samsel
October 8, 2015
I'm going to miss you Roger, you and Robie meant more than you know to me. Thank you for being my friend, the ballpark won't be the same without you!
James Cowell
October 8, 2015
From one fellow Cav pilot to another, I will miss you and always cherish the memories. Robie - God Bless you and all of yours.
Chris Laskey
October 8, 2015
So sorry for your loss Robie. Been thinking about you praying for your strength and love. Love you Kathleen
Kathleen Pennock
October 8, 2015
My prayers are with you all in this time. God Bless
Isabel Ruizdevilla-Braggs
October 8, 2015
Our hearts are with your family. Roger was a good friend and we will miss chatting with him at the ball games.
Lisa Guertin
October 8, 2015
We have many great memories of our Baseball Buddy.
Sally & Don Groters
From West Michigan
Sally Groters
October 8, 2015
Robette, We are so sorry to hear of Roger's Passing. We enjoyed him and our Autocross friends in Lakeland so much. Harold and Nancy Knobel
Harold Knobel
October 8, 2015
To the DeWitt Family, My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you on your loss. Please know I will continue to pray in the coming months for all of you. Please let me know if you need anything at all and know I will be here for you. Raquel, I have known you for many years and I am so sorry for your loss. It is very difficult to loose a parent and I know your dad was your life.
Patty Kallman
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