Roger D. Fitzwater, 74, of Collins, Ohio, passed on from this life to his eternal home on May 5, 2022, after some recent health struggles at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was born on December 7, 1947, in Greenbrier County, West Virginia to the late Paul and Ola “Marie” (Wallers) Fitzwater. He graduated from Richwood High School in West Virginia and resided in the area until he and his bride, Rita (Shawver) Fitzwater, were married and moved to Pennsylvania, before later coming to Ohio.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Roger expressed his love by genuinely picking at those he cared about. He was a preacher and pastor for many years and had spent over 50 years in the church. Roger also knew the value of hard work, having worked for Ford Motor Company in Lorain for over 30 years before his retirement in 2000.
Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years Rita (Shawver) Fitzwater; children, Melissa Williams and Lori (Dave) Smith of Norwalk; siblings, William Fitzwater, Byron Fitzwater, Patty Hankins and Verna Wills; and grandchildren, Kiara Williams, Taylor Fitzwater and Justin Marshall.
A visitation will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022, from 11 a.m. until the time of the 1 p.m. service, at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, Ohio with Pastor Freddie Rowe Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Fond memories and condolences may be shared online at www.walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.
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