Roger Preston Main passed away on May 16, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born December 8, 1940 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, he was a graduate of the Mount Vernon High School class of 1958.
Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1967, he is survived by his beloved wife Sara, children Dale (Teresa) Main, Margaret (George) Bowling, Haley (Mikolaj) Main-Lis, and Randy (Nicole Pusateri) Main, grandchildren Sarah and John Bowling, and a dear grandson on the way, his two sisters Barbara Spearman and Beverly Wean, sisters-in-law Carol Dalglish, Mary Busenburg and Maria BeBee, and nephews and nieces Lee Dalglish, Kim Dalglish, Jen Wean, Chris Wean, Kathy (Mike) Mosholder, Rick Spearman, Alyssa(Gus) Nyburg and Michael (Amanda) Solomon, as well as many dear great nephews and nieces.
Roger built a distinguished 45-year career working with the Pepsi Cola company, beginning as a distributor for Knox County and ultimately retiring from management, taking a break only to serve for a period in the United States Army in the Vietnam era.
Roger loved spending time with his family, playing poker with his buddies, and enjoying time with friends - he could start a conversation with almost anyone. For 40 years every Sunday morning was a very special time set aside for he and Sara to meet with their dear childhood friends Patty and Mike Flora, sharing the highs and lows of life together through thick and thin, recalling childhood adventures and sharing many laughs.
He was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and his home away from home was Honey Buckets, where he was surrounded by more dear friends who laughed, argued politics, and shared stories with him and who cherished him.
A very special thanks to everyone who loved and supported Roger in his battle with cancer: to his sisters Barb and Bev; to his dear friend Richard, to Dave Jarvis, and to Angie, Kevin, Chad, Steve and all his friends at Honey Buckets – to his life-long friends Patty, Mike, and Elaine – to his Hospice of North Central Ohio team Jen, Hannah, Devon, Debbie, and Angie – to Dr. Nimeth and his office, and to the amazing staff of Independency LLC, Beth and Rachel, who made it possible for Roger to fight his fight in his own home surrounded by family. A memorial service is planned for late summer when all of Roger's family will be present.
Anyone who knew Roger knows he loved people. He was a straightforward person at heart, and he would hate to know we are writing an obituary longer than 3 lines. He was a great friend to many, always willing to lend a helping hand, and quick with his wit and fun spirit, and loved telling a good joke. He was a spontaneous and gentle soul, with a playful spirit, strong work ethic, high expectations, and he had a gift for telling a good story. He was committed to doing right by others, often saying "...because it's the right thing to do '' no matter the politics or common opinion otherwise. And he instilled in his family that same duty of treating others with respect and dignity, stressing honesty above all else.
He played a mean hand of Euchre – typically reminding his partner to never pass up the chance to take a trick, never lead next, and never trump your partner’s Ace. Rules to live by. And he loved playing poker and laughing with his friends. Roger also loved music and was gifted with a wonderful voice. There were few songs he didn't know or couldn't sing, and he often sang along with the radio or TV and was always singing while he drove. And Roger loved to drive. His career was spent traveling Knox County and the surrounding region with Pepsi and there wasn't a road or shortcut he didn't know. He taught each of his children how to drive, both automatic and manual, often taking them on backroads to learn how to manage different speeds, hills and curves, and how to safely recover from dropping off the pavement. He was a brave soul.
He adored his grandchildren - teaching them to play wiffle ball, singing them lullabies, and snuggling and watching Paw Patrol with them for hours. Roger will be dearly missed because he was wonderfully loved by so many.
The Lasater Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Main Family. Please visit www.lasaterfuneralhomes.com