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Roger Ellsworth Deeter, 83, Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at his residence. He was born on January 14, 1938 to the late Richard Harold Deeter and Opal Starrett Deeter.

Roger founded Redco Machine Shop in 1974. In addition to Redco he also owned 4 additional businesses. He enjoyed golfing, and his favorite thing to do was spend time with his family and at his cabin with his dog, Ellie. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Elizabeth Deeter; daughter, Karen Cox (Mike); son, Troy Deeter (Jennifer); grandchildren, Megan, Justine, Rebecca, Danielle, Kaitlyn and Joshua; great-grandchildren, Piper and Myles, and sisters, Helen and Beverly.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Roger’s caregivers; Beth Clark, Mitchell Abell, Debbie Andrews, Beth Moore, Autumn Wolford and Nikki Stevens, as well as Amedisys Hospice.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be conducted at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Bedford Christian Church with the Rev. David Walton officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

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Posted by:
Greg Peterson

Posted on:
July 12, 2021

I also had the privilege of flying with Mr. Deeter early in my flying career. He was very proud to have earned is pilot’s license and it was apparent to all of us at the airport. He was fun to be around. What others here have already written about him I won’t repeat, but I will add this, Roger was the epitome of a true southern gentleman. “To fly west, my friend, is a flight we must all take for a final check’ (Author unknown)

Posted by:
Stewart Adams

Posted on:
July 11, 2021

The world without Roger Deeter is a lesser place than the world with Roger in it. Roger is such an optimistic, encouraging spirit that he just exuded motivation to everyone around him. He could not be anywhere for five minutes without spotting who was talented at what, then encouraging those talents straight to those people, usually suggesting something entrepreneurial. Roger was one of those rare thinkers whose thoughts and opinions stick with you. At least several times each week I make choices and form opinions based on things he said that came from that deep well of his experience and uncommon sense, even years or decades after those conversations happened. It was my privilege to be Roger’s copilot and flight instructor in the mid and late 90s as he was earning his pilot’s license and flying his small plane around for business and pleasure. He was a superb pilot. We stayed good friends, and a friendship with someone as insightful as Roger is different from other friendships a person might have. It’s a rare gift you don’t fully grasp in the moment. His curiosity for science and his precision were most impressive and he attacked each challenge with tenacity, then took the time to appreciate the rewards of his efforts. For Roger, there was always an enthusiastic “What’s next?” That makes it especially hard to think of him not here … I wish everyone could have a Roger in their lives daily. If they could, this world would function more precisely, more politely, more honestly, and more enjoyably. Fair skies and calm winds, my friend. I will miss you. Stewart

Posted by:
Ken Burger

Posted on:
July 10, 2021

I remember Roger I remember Roger as a good friend who lived life with a deep intensity. When he worked, he worked hard and determined, and the success of REDCO is testimony to that. When he picked up golf, he took on the sport with a gleam in his eye and a strong discipline to practice … A LOT. And, he became good at the game. He taught me how to play, and I don’t know if I’ve ever forgiven him for that. 🙂 Actually, I’m grateful he did, for we had many a good hour together on a course. I once had a new garden tiller that stopped working after a couple of hours. I mentioned it to Roger and he insisted that I could fix it. Me? I’m not a mechanic. But, he encouraged me, set up a table in an unused room and said I could call if I needed help. You know, he was right – I did take it apart until I uncovered the broken piece, replaced it and re-assembled it, then used it for years. Roger was ecstatic for my success. Thank you, Roger. He was just that kind of friend. Encouraging. Loyal. Supportive. Generous. With Bob Clark and Vincent Wheeler, Roger taught me how to use a chain saw and wood splitter so I could heat the parsonage in the winter. Along with Rob Clark and Dave Herrick, we had a good many Saturday Morning breakfasts at Buddy’s then work on wood piles until noon or so. With all of his strength and intelligence, the most I remember about Roger was the depth of his heart. Maybe he didn’t want to let it show all the time, but he had a heart of gold underneath that intense face. He left a mark on my life, and is already sorely missed.

Posted by:
Kenneth Hurt

Posted on:
July 9, 2021

I worked for Roger at Redco for many years. He took me under his wing knowing nothing about a machine shop and before I left he had trained me, not only to make anything we needed, but to run the shop as his foreman. We remained friends over the years and I will greatly miss him. So sorry for the loss of a good man and prayers for his family.

Posted by:
Pam Bagnoli

Posted on:
July 9, 2021

An absolutely amazing man who lived life to the fullest. So handsome, so smart, meeting every challenge head on with determination to succeed and make it better than it was. I am absolutely positive that he is in Heaven, having a conversation with God perhaps saying “you know if you move the Pearly Gates about two feet to the right.....”. We love and will miss this wonderful man.

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Anonymous

Posted on:
July 9, 2021

Sending our condolences. Thoughts and prayers for the family

 

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