On Saturday, March 6th, 2021, William ‘Roger’ Messer Jr. (known, to all as, simply, “Roger”), went to be with his Lord at the age of 60, after an extended battle with illness. Roger was a super rare, very kind, loving, sweet person. Very intelligent. One should consider themselves lucky to have met him. He never hesitated to help anyone that needed it.
Roger was born in 1960 in Huntsville, Alabama. He grew up in Shelby, North Carolina, and graduated from high school, there. He earned a Bachelor’s degree of Business from UNC-Charlotte. He completed Nuclear Power school with the Navy in Orlando, Florida. Serving as a U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Machinist Mate, before completing Officers Candidate School, until he became a Naval Surface Warfare Officer. He served for many years before ending his Navy career as a Lieutenant. Roger retired as a civil servant (computer scientist) for the command Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dam Neck (formerly known as FCDSSA) in 2019. Roger was predeceased by his father, William (Bill) Messer and his mother, Marcia Felmet (Messer).
Left to cherish his memory is his soul-mate, Helen C. Messer, they recently celebrated 26 blissful years of marriage. During the marriage he helped raise two step-children, Simona Lee Maldonado Lopez and Ricky Lee Maldonado. Roger was a great ‘’papa” to Mei-Lee Lopez and Jai-Lee Lopez and is also survived by his older sister, Sarah Ruth Walker.
A private memorial for the family will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and/or Rolling Dog Farm. Express condolences to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.