Roger Alan Sewell passed away suddenly on April 27th, 2022 at the age of 66 in Christiansburg, Virginia. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia on April 2nd, 1956.
Roger obtained two degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University then worked at Verizon as an engineer for telecommunications and internet services.
Roger had many unique phrases around the house and fun habits such as answering the phone like he was the answering machine or an employee at a pizza place. He enjoyed working on many projects ranging from cars to household projects and enjoyed watching movies and reading books – particularly anything sci-fi, horror, or mystery. His inventive mind often saw potential in older products that could be put to new purpose – especially if it was something that would help a family member. He was a frequent blood donor and was always eager to help others.
Roger is survived by his wife, Vera Sewell; daughter Gwen Sewell and her husband Dr. Steven Rapp; son Ken Sewell; sister Mary and her husband Bery Vest; brother Doug and his wife Karen Sewell; sister Tracy and her husband Chris Campany; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at Gardner’s Funeral Home in Floyd on Monday, May 2nd at 2pm with Pastor Roy Turpin officiating. Visitation is from 1pm to 2pm. There will be a graveside service at Tuggles Gap Lee Cemetery after the funeral. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local PBS or NPR stations on his behalf.