Roger Dwight Blevins, 63, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio after complications related to a 20-year battle with diabetes. Roger was born Sept. 8, 1945, in Middletown, Ohio, to Mabel (Whisman) and (now deceased) Thomas Blevins.
Roger’s occupations were as varied and interesting as his hobbies. He worked at the Armco Steel Plant in Middletown, Ohio. Roger left Armco and went to work for Financial Planning, Inc. He then became a partner in a data processing company, many years before PCs. Roger moved to the Florida Keys in the mid-70s where he operated fishing and diving charters before starting his own charter fishing business, running the Miss Kitty in Key Largo, Fla. After too many years of working in the sun, he moved to Miami to manage a branch of Clinical Profusionists, Inc. (CPI), where he worked as an autotransfusionist in most of the operating rooms of South Florida. In 1997, Roger relocated to Tampa where he worked as a real estate and business manager. Eventually, Roger retired and moved to Somerset, Ky., and then to Toledo, Ohio, in 2007, to be closer to his family.
Roger will be remembered for the almost storybook active and energetic life that he created for himself. He was always the competitive athlete participating in all forms of sport where he distinguished himself in track, football and baseball. While working for Armco Steel in Middletown, he was a starter for their nationally renowned traveling Industrial League softball team. He competed on a national level at archery and sharp shooting until his eyesight suffered too much from the effects of diabetes. He built and raced his own race cars, competing from dirt ovals to regional asphalt road courses. Roger’s interests included skydiving, being a licensed USCG Master Captain, a certified SCUBA divemaster, and a licensed pilot. He was an avid reader, golfed whenever time allowed, enjoyed time with his family, and maintained an unmatched skill as a fisherman.
Roger is survived by his mother, Mabel of Middletown; brother, E. Edward of Irving, Texas; first wife, Candice (Brown) Hodgson of Brownsville, Texas, and their two children, Cherie (Bryce) Blair of Toledo and Roger (Jennifer) Blevins of Huron; second wife, Cathy (Lunsford) Blevins of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, and their two children, David Blevins of Columbus, Ohio, and Robert Blevins of Anahiem, Calif.; companion, Mary Ullum of Toledo; and five special grandchildren, Bryce, Sarah, Eryn, Walker and Allison.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Michael’s in the Hills. Services are entrusted to Cremation Society of Toledo.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be shared at toledocremation.com.