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Roger C Myers

August 31, 1932 ~ February 4, 2017 (age 84)

The Piano Brothers

Watson-North Funeral Home is deeply honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Roger C. Myers, age 84 of Estill Springs, TN.  Mr. Myers passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester, TN.  A native of Sublette, IL, Roger began driving a milk truck in 1946 at the age of 14 for Mr. Ted Helbig while also working for the West Brooklyn Cheese Factory. Between 1947 and 1948, Roger worked as a welder and truck driver for Melvin Schmitz in Mendota, IL.  Roger was involved in a motorcycle accident April 3, 1948 and he suffered the loss of his right leg below the knee.  During the autumn of 1948, he worked for Wayside Press as a linotype operator under the supervision of Mr. K. B. Butler.  After working as a mechanic for Mr. Bill Grubbs in Mendota for about a year, Roger decided to branch out on his own and made his first purchase of two 1946 Dodge trucks.  In the summer months he hauled peas for Del-Monte Foods in Mendota.  During the winter months he would haul trailers to Kalamazoo, MI. for the U.S. Army. It was in June of 1950 that he officially founded R.C. Myers Trucking in Mendota, IL.  In 1952 he married Pat Sabowski and they had three children, Deborah, James and Mark.  In 1954 he began hauling automobiles for Kenosha Auto Transport of Kenosha, WI using a 1954 Diamond T-522 he had bought, which in those days was a remarkable purchase. In 1959 the Fruehauf Trailer Company commissioned Roger to design trailers for Del-Monte Foods that would haul a capacity of 93,280 cans of produce.  Despite those previous predictions of a business failure, Roger had a total of 14 semi-tractors and 40 trailers in operation, providing trucking services for numerous customers including Del-Monte Foods.  On December 18, 1967 he married Mary J. Skinner and in 1969 their daughter, Sheri Jane Myers entered the world.  In 1972 the Myers family bought The Rock View Inn located in Friendship, WI. while continuing to operate the R. C. Myers Trucking and Leasing Corp.  In 1977 Roger began hauling freight over the road to Tennessee, Texas and Florida. In 1980, Roger and his family moved to Tennessee. Following 52 years of trucking and more than 3 million miles, Roger started a second career with Guardmark Security as a licensed security guard, assigned to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN.  He continued working until his health would no longer allow him to work.  Roger is preceded in death by his mother, Cecilia Sondgeroth, father, Charles J. Myers, wife, Mary J. Myers; brothers, Clement Myers and Roland Myers; son-in-law, Gary Rogers. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah J. Rogers of Mendota, IL. and Sheri (Greg) O’Neal of Winchester, TN; sons, James R (Mary Jo) Myers of Peoria, IL., Mark C. (Connie) Myers of Mendota, IL., 9 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Walzer of Mendota, IL., Marilyn (Ray) Henkel of West Brooklyn, IL.; and his beloved “Side Kick”, Daisy.  Visitation will be Thursday February 9, 2017 from 5-8:00 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday February 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Tullahoma, TN with Father Stephen Klasek officiating. Interment will follow in Watson-North Memorial Park in Winchester.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus at 513 S. Jefferson St, Winchester, TN  37398, or the Salvation Army at 855 Dinah Shore Blvd, #26, Winchester, TN  37398.  Arrangements by Watson-North Funeral Home, 931-967-2345. On line condolences may be made at www.watsonnorth.com


 Service Information

Visitation
Thursday
February 9, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Watson-North FuneralHome
405 Sharp Springs Road
Winchester, TN 37398

Funeral Mass
Friday
February 10, 2017

10:30 AM
St. Paul's Catholic Church
304 W. Grizzard St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388


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