Lammers, Roger Anthony

December 7, 1946 - February 15, 2016

Roger Anthony Lammers
December 07, 1946 ~ February 15, 2016

 

Roger Anthony Lammers was born in Findlay, Ohio on December 7th 1946 as the first of five children to Robert Sylvester Lammers & Nora Stella Yates Lammers.  Raised in Northern Ohio, Roger was a standout student & athlete earning the Northern Ohio “Football Player of the Year” in 1964.  He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 with a major in Electrical Engineering.  After graduation, Roger assisted in coaching football and recruiting players for the Naval Academy.  He then trained as a pilot in Pensacola, Florida.  He flew P3 Orions during three Vietnam War tours.  He later received an MBA from Wharton.

Roger and Christine “Tina” Alexandra Winiarz Lammers met at a party in Washington, D.C. while Roger was at the Naval Academy.  When Roger was away for Pilot Training in Pensacola, Tina came for a visit.  He handed her his laundry bag full of dirty laundry and told her there was something in there for her.  She discovered a big, sparkling engagement ring and couldn’t possible say “no”.  They were married on Labor Day in 1969 at a beautiful campus chapel in Annapolis.  Roger shared Tina’s father’s love for history and the two of them enjoyed many lively conversations.  Roger and Tina were married 47 years and raised three wonderful children.  Andy, Becky and Natalie have brought them much happiness and are a source of great pride.  Roger leaves behind their three lovely and bright granddaughters, Megan, Aubrey and Ella, who have proven to share his love of learning and athleticism.

Roger’s career was in Industry & Consulting where he led a group to the acquisition of existing companies for 10 years.  More recently, he has been an independent consulting & investor.

You cannot describe Roger Lammers without using the word “optimist”.  He had a great vision for business and couldn’t resist pepping his conversations with words “millions and billions”.  Coming up with ways to grow a business came as a natural to him as living and breathing.

Roger was always interested in people and made a point of asking them how their life was going.  “How are you doing?” “How are your kids?”  “How is the job going?”  Roger always took time to listen and offer encouragement.

We will all miss this joyful, larger-than-life man who left us far too soon.  Rest in peace, Roger.

 

Visitation and Funeral Service

09:30 A.M., Saturday, February 20th 2016

Highland Park United Methodist Church
3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75205

Burial with Military Honors

10:15 A.M., Monday, February 22nd 2016

Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

14 replies on “Lammers, Roger Anthony”

Shawn Coyle says:

My deepest condolences for your loss.

Sam Newton says:

Roger, you were the best roommate a guy could have. It was easy to get frustrated or discouraged at Navy, but whenever I started complaining or moaning, you always could cheer me up with your sunny disposition. You’d just laugh and say “Oh Sam, come on now.” And things would be better. We’ll miss you old friend. Condolences to Tina and family.

Janice Faulk says:

Roger was one of the sweetest, kindest and gentle-lest man who always had a smile for everyone. One of our sons instantly said “Roger was ALWAYS up” and it was true. We will miss him completely and all our thoughts and prayers are with his sweet wife, Tina, and his family. One of the good ones and he will be dearly missed.

Steve Reichmuth says:

Roger was indeed a positive, upbeat individual who embodied the true spirit of the American dream. His example for how to lead life will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all who knew and loved this good man.

Dale Hendricks says:

It was a complete shock to learn of the sudden departure of a friend and classmate from the Naval Academy. Roger and I were roommates and friends and he was in my first wedding in rural Iowa. I remember fondly when Roger showed my a photo of “Tina” and we would look out our window at night across the Severn River to see the lights of her father’s house. I maintained contact with Roger during the years following graduation and hosted him and his son when they flew to Davenport to attend the Quad Cities Airshow. Roger’s death will leave a big hole in the hearts and souls and lives of so many. My most sincere condolences, Tina, to you and your family. We raised Roger and the family in prayer at mass today.

God Bless. My fond memories will not fade and I send to you my sincere condolences and prayers for the days to come.

Dale Hendricks
34th Company
Captain USN Retired
Class of 1968

Jerry & Georgia Oakes says:

Tina and Family, we are so saddened by this news about Roger’s passing. He was lovely and burned bright wherever he went. We shall miss him greatly. Praying for comfort for you all. God has received Roger into heaven – isn’t that just like his competitiveness to want to get there first?!
Love and blessings to you,
Georgia and Jerry

James R.Frezzell says:

My Condolences and Prayers for the Family.

Taylor Petty says:

Roger, Thank you for five years of sharing your incredible ideas and enthusiasm with this budding electrical engineer, and for welcoming me and my family to your neighborhood. I greatly enjoyed our many conversations over our time as neighbors. I hope you’re seizing your new opportunity to bend the ear of the big guy himself with some of your grand ideas. You are missed.

Tina and family, you have our deepest sympathies. Elaine and I are sorry for your loss.

Williams Family says:

Condolences to the Lammers family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

Terrence Murray (Class of '68) says:

Roger, I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You were a wonderful classmate, teammate and friend, and I will never forget you and will miss you in my time ahead. We had no finer friend and classmate than you out of all in ‘68. And no one on the football field ever cracked our opponents harder than you, my wonderful teammate and close friend. In my mind’s eye I can still see you, Roger, at “impact” on the football field making one of your classic hits! I pray for your family, foremost, and I will continue to cherish the memory of our years together at USNA on the field and off. And I will miss you dearly and I will pray for your family as they suffer with your loss. God bless them all and God bless you, my friend. I will never forget your profoundly humble virtues as a classmate, teammate and dear friend out of our great Class of 68. Foremost, God bless you and your family.

Semper fidelis, Roger, your teammate, classmate and forever friend. God bless you always!
Terry Murray

Bob Pell says:

I was a plebe in 1968 and Roger coached our Batt Lacrosse team. Roger was so full of life and enthusiasm. He made a part of plebe summer enjoyable. When I found his obit in Shipmate I started looking to find info about his life. I just knew he had to be successful and impact a lot of people in his positive way. Best regards to his family. I only knew Roger for a little while but he had a huge impact on me.

Andrew Wielawski says:

Roger was a generous person to me. When I was starting out as a marble sculptor, he gave me a commission, not because I was particularly talented, but because he wanted to give me incentive to carry on. Because of him, I did.

Steve McHargue says:

Tina, so sorry it took so long for me to discover that you had suffered this tragic loss. You were my best friend while I was at the Naval Academy and I was honored to be invited to grab a cross country military hop to join in the celebration of your marriage and reception at the Annapolis Yacht Club. You both remained in my thoughts even when we lost touch after many moves and many years. Sending love to you and your family, Steve McHargue
Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force
USNA class of 1967

Gary James says:

I am just now learning of the passing of Mr. Lammers. Truly heartbreaking development. Last week, I was planning a business meeting in Dallas and I thought, “Let’s see if Mr. and Mrs. Lammers would be willing to join me for lunch.”
I first met Mr. Lammers when his son, Andy, invited his fellow Trojans out to watch USC play Texas Tech at the Cotton Bowl. Hard to believe that was back in ’95. Mr. and Mrs. Lammers were consummate hosts as we celebrated New Years in Highland Park, TX. In the course of a few days while celebrating the New Years, Mr. and Mrs. Lammers then invited me and Darlene, my then Polish girlfriend, out to celebrate Becky’s wedding. Again, in the course of hosting us, Mr. and Mrs. Lammers were so ever gracious.
Mr. Lammers and I had many a conversation in his garage, and while walking the Seneca Dr. compound. I, too, aspired to one day own a Ferrari like Mr. Lammers, and sure enough I attained this milestone four years later. Yes, Mr. Lammers inspired me like few have in my life. Mr. Lammers and I also prayed for one another… he was one of few who possessed insight into my shortcomings; he was non-judgmental and offered prayed. I will never forget when he looked me in the eve and said, “Man is not without flaw. Discipline is an attained journey.” Thank you for those words, Roger.
I last spoke on the phone with Mr. Lammers back in ’97 while he was endeavoring to launch World Car. Mr. Lammers was a true visionary, too far ahead of his time. Our last words were a prayer and he ended with, “I continue to pray for you, Gary,” and my words to him, “Thank you, Roger. I truly hope to see you and Mrs. Lammers the next time I’m in Dallas. God bless you.” Yes, these past 23 years have escaped us at the blink of an eye and it’s most unfortunate I was unable to see him before he was called home.
Regrettably, life has a tendency to geographically shuffle people, and I have since lost contact with my friend Andy and Mrs. Lammers. I am truly numb as I express my sincere appreciation for Mr. (and Mrs.) Lammers (and Andy… Andy and I had some amazing times together during our tenure at USC). It is my distinct honor to extend my condolences to the Lammers’ family and friends of the Lammers’.
I will forever cherish my conversations with Roger (and Tina and Andy), and can say sans equivocation my life was positively impacted by the Lammers’ kindheartedness and sincerity. Roger truly was a one-of-a-kind soul. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, but please find comfort knowing Roger was called home to rejoice with our Savior. God bless you Mr. Lammers, Tina, Andy, Beck and Natalie.
Gary
University of Southern California ‘94

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