Roger Morrell


MONTPELIER -- Roger L. Morrell, 72, of Montpelier, passed away May 10, 2014, after a 3+ year battle with cancer.

He was born Roger LeRoy Morrell on August 8, 1941, in Argos, Indiana, to Gabriel and Rose Ellen (Jones) Morrell. He attended school in Argos, Indiana, and was an avid basketball and baseball player.

In 1966, he began his career with the Wabash Railroad as an engineer. He continued with the Norfolk and Western Railroad and later with Norfolk Southern Railroad for 36 years retiring in 2002. He spent winters in Lutz, Florida, at the Encore RV Park where he was the activities director for five years. This winter he organized, planned and put on dinners for the residents of the park and gave all the profits to local charities. The last dinner was about a month before he passed. He enjoyed spending time with his good friends at the park.

Roger loved playing golf, watching horse races, all sports, going to the fair and flea markets and travelling. One of the most memorable times was taking the motor home on "The World's Longest Garage Sale" with his wife, Kimberly, whom he married September 3, 2000, at Sauder Village and she survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Heather Gauden of Montpelier, Heidi Goebel of Evanston, Illinois, and Julie (Kevin) Smith of Kokomo, Indiana; two sons, Jeff (Lane) Morrell of Colorado and Jon (Gina) Morrell of Florida; a son-in-law, James Gauden; one brother-in-law, Rick (Linda) Peerboom of St. Petersburg, Florida; 10 grandchildren, Mason, Sage and Levi Gauden of Montpelier, Kyle and Sarah Smith of Indiana, John Boyer of Illinois, Jordan and Logan Morrell of Florida and Jasmine and Brittin Morrell of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Rosemary Peerboom.

Visitation for Roger will be Thursday, May 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Lead Pastor Ross Johnson of Gathering Points Church in Land O' Lakes, Florida, to officiate. Online condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the Williams County Fair Foundation, Montpelier Senior Center or "Old Friends" - a retirement home for race horses at 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324.

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