Roger J. Lebel, 90, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Crossville, Tenn.; he made his home there in the summer, spending winters in North Port, Fla.
He was born March 6, 1924, in Lawrence, Mass., the son of Phillip J. Lebel and Yvonne (nee Boucher) Lebel.
Roger was a highly decorated Marine, wounded in the battles for Saipan and Tarawa, and served for many years in leadership roles for the Disabled American Veterans. His keen business sense, strong skills with people and sheer hard work made him successful in many things, ranging from carpentry to being licensed as a real estate agent in three states.
His life was about tenacity. In the 1950s he defied his war wounds and took up skiing. He conquered Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington, and regularly took trophies at local slalom races in New Hampshire and Vermont.
After early retirement, he took up golf and soon regularly was winning local tournaments. His friends missed him at his tee time this week.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine, from whom he was inseparable since their first date in October 1941, except for the months of her anxious waiting for him during the war. Their 70th wedding anniversary was being anticipated by the family next winter.
He also is survived by two loving sons, Robert Roger (Patricia Ann Platek) of Fayetteville, N.Y., and Ronald John (Patricia Ann Crawford) of Santa Monica, Calif.; grandsons, Kerry (Kendra) of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Robert Roger II of Hyde Park, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Alec and Zachary. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Kevin (1976 ~, 2014).
No public events are planned at this time. The family request that memorials be may made to the American Diabetes Association or to support veterans (individually or through organizations).