He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Sherry J. Morrey of Port Isabel and his sister, Cheryl F. Cook of Framingham, MA.
Roger had a distinguished military career and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2002. He began his military life with graduation from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina as a member of Class 1969. He remained in the Army Reserves while attending East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he obtained a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and followed by a Master’s Degree in Clinical Audiology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He was employed as a Clinical Instructor in Audiology at the Medical University of South Carolina; as an Assistant Professor of Audiology at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC and an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.
Roger entered Active Duty in the Army Medical Service Corps in 1981, first in the capacity of a Clinical Audiologist and then as a Health Care Administrator. His assignments included Fort Wainwright, AK, Fort Jackson, SC; Fort Rucker, AL; Fort Benning, GA and Fort Sam Houston., TX.
Always looking for the next challenge, Roger was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Air Assault Badge. Additional military training included Airborne Training, Combat Casualty Care Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army Flight Surgeon Course after which he maintained non-crew flight status, He furthered his formal education while on active duty by obtaining Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Audiology from the Audiology Foundation of America.
His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medical (2nd award).
Upon retirement at Fort Sam Houston, Roger headed to the southern-most tip of Texas in search of sunny skies and beach life. He was an avid fisherman and dove hunter and enjoyed walking his beloved golden retrievers at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. After Sherry’s retirement from the Army in 2006, they travelled extensively in the Caribbean in search of the bluest waters and whitest beaches.
Roger will be greatly missed by his family and friends who accepted his rascal ways and off-beat humor. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the medical staff of Harlingen Medical Center for their compassionate and competent care during Roger’s stay.
There will be future plans for the spreading of Roger’s ashes in the Laguna Madre and in Fernandez Bay, Cat Island, Bahamas.
You are invited to sign the online guestbook or leave a memory at www.buckashcraft.com.