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Roger A. Sewell

April 11, 1956 May 4, 2019
Roger A. Sewell
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Obituary for Roger A. Sewell

Roger Allen Sewell
4/11/56 -> 5/4/2019
On a spring day whilst plugged into every medical tubing and machine possible, Roger Allen Sewell shuffled off this mortal coil. It was May 4th, 2019. (May the 4th be with you). He knew he was sick, but the University of Michigan hospital and staff were pulling every imaginable option out of their sleeves and were doing a hell of a job to rescue him from the Scleroderma-associated Pulmonary Hypertension he was diagnosed with. But it just wasn’t enough. He passed away around 11:00 am. He would’ve wanted his coffee by then so I guess it was time to get going.
Roger is survived by his sister Wanda Sewell, son Jonathan, and brother Blaine Sewell all of Taunton, MA and daughter Dianna of Bridgewater, MA as well as grandchildren Ryan, Cianna & Avery. He also has a sister Laurie in North Carolina. He was born in Texas and grew up in the area south of Boston about 30 minutes. He married his 1st wife Deb and had two children before enlisting in the Air Force in the early 80’s.
While in the Air Force Roger was a medic, then an occupational therapy specialist (COTA) and worked for Wilford Hall Medical Facility on Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. There he was presented with a commendation medal for creating an apparatus that even the doctors were impressed how it helped them with their occupation. There he met his 2nd wife Trish who he married in Texas and was with for 17 great years. She was also in the Air Force and Roger followed her to England while she was stationed there. While there he immersed himself in woodworking. He was impressed with fine detail and began making and selling his wares which went over well with the locals or at a show at Wembley Stadium. He and Trish then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado for a time before re-locating to Michigan. He was always amazed that he followed a girl to Michigan out of all places to live.
In addition to completely remodeling their house, he attended and worked at Lansing Community College while he tried to figure out his next reinvention of himself. He studied electronics which he already had an interest in and excelled because it came so easy to him. The course completions were just a formal approval.
Roger then took a job working as a Mechanical Designer in the engineering department for Lectronix in Lansing for the last 20 years or so. The company is proficient at electronics design and manufacturing. Being meticulous and a perfectionist for Roger is to put it lightly. He excelled at creating. Using his 3D software he created (with his esteemed co-workers) police vehicle control systems, navigation systems, tire pressure systems, or vehicle display and control systems. His self-taught knowledge of these software packages was impressive and he could make them dance. He loved making tools that made things work better. It was second nature to him. All things mechanical or all mediums in which he could craft.
In the early 2000’s he jumped back in to another passion of his and that was motorcycles and cars. He had a couple of motorcycles that he of course had to work on them to tune to his liking. Creating new ways of making them run to his specifications, or taking them apart to carve out a seat to fit better. He loved his two old BMW’s. Especially his ’86 Alpine White one (which he also had to tune up even though it was perfect as is). Washing and polishing that car gave him great enjoyment. It was during this time frame that he met Stephanie with whom he lived with for 15 years. They travelled on their motorcycles as she also had a love for cars and things that went vroom!
He was honest, insightful, always thought before he spoke, a realist, an atheist, a talented artist, very particular, intelligent and grumpy. And in the long run he was loved and will be missed.
There will be a celebration of life at Preston’s Bar in Grand Ledge, Michigan, May 18th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Please bring a story or just yourself and drink a Corona with lime or a Gin ‘n Tonic and toast to Roger’s life.


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2:00 PM 5/18/2019 2:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 5/18/2019 6:00:00 PM
Preston's Bar

201 N. Bridge Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Preston's Bar
201 N. Bridge Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States
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