Condolences for William Roger Messer

Ruskin Hoyle posted on 9/26/21

Sorry to here about this when me and Roger was in school for a few years we loved Trains and Railroads I still do and went on a Railfan trip on the Clinchfield together and rode in his father 1929 restored automobile wish I stayed in touch buy moving away got in the way their is never a month that goes by without thinking about Roger.


Tony Stinnette posted on 3/31/21

Roger was a beautiful person. No matter how busy he was, he would always take the time to just talk or answer any technical questions. He was a friend to all he met and will be truly missed.



Teri Shull posted on 3/24/21

I am grateful to have known and worked with Roger. He was a true gentleman. Helen, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My heartfelt sympathy to all who loved him.


Maria and Mike Kronenburg posted on 3/23/21

You have our deepest sympathy. He will be truly missed. We are praying for your family.


Mary F Powell posted on 3/17/21

I was saddened to hear of Rogers passing, in working with him at CDSADN he was always willing to help others and had the patients of a saint especially those of us not as knowledgeable as he in computer software! Roger was always a pleasure to work with, he will be greatly missed and as said previously he left this world to soon. Helen you now have an angel to watch over you and I know you will cherish all the great memories you both had together.


Patrick Smith posted on 3/14/21

Helen so sorry for your loss, Roger was a great guy and a pleasure to work with. yall were married over twenty five years, seems like only yesterday when he came waltzing into the 963 group. Ila and my prayers are with you and your kids.


Suzi Stevens posted on 3/14/21

Roger was such a caring and thoughtful person, such a calm and relaxing demeanor. It was a great pleasure to have worked with Roger at Dam Neck. Helen, my sincerest condolences to you and the family.


Elaine Mountain posted on 3/14/21

Roger’s wicked humor, his gentle manner and his kindness will be missed. Roger could make your day just with his smile. Roger is loved by all who knew him and his friendship knew no bounds. We have a new angel watching over us. Roger will always be a blessing. Dear Helen, know he is healed and let Roger’s love wrap you in comfort.


Vicki Dietzel posted on 3/13/21

I was blessed to live beside Roger and Helen for 15 years. Roger was the sweetest and most gentle spirited people I’ve ever met. He was such a hard worker even on his days off. His loss will be profound to his beloved, Helen. Sending much love and comforting prayers to the family.


Robin Ogg posted on 3/13/21

Roger was the sweetest soul right to the bone. He was that way as a very young child when we lived across the street from one another in Huntsville. He was my very favorite friend, playmate, cousin, and family member. He was so easy to be with, kind and considerate even as a very young child. We had a LOT of laughs, him having the sense of humor and me very much appreciating it! He is gone much too soon. My deepest condolences Helen.


James "Bubba" Smith posted on 3/12/21

Roger was my Division Officer onboard the USS San Jacinto (CG-56). He was one of the kindest, most thoughtful young officers I ever met or worked for. He had a great sense of humor and loved to prank. When it was finally time for me to go ashore after a long sea tour, Roger had the Radio Room cobble up a message assigning me to recruiting dury in Duluth, MN! When I got the message I hurried to the Bridge where Roger was on watch in the middle of the night. As I was complaining as a sailor does, I noticed in the dark that I could see his shoulders shaking because he was laughing so hard. I have many more great stories about this kind man. I will miss him.


Karl H. Steinsberger posted on 3/12/21

Mr. Messer was a good man with a warm heart for leading. I pray for peace and understanding that we all will see each other again in Gods time.


Amy (Dunaway) Stark posted on 3/12/21

Roger was a wonderful, caring person and will be missed. I was blessed to have worked with him and Helen at CDSA Dam Neck. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May your cherished memories live on and help you through this difficult time.



James D Carpenter posted on 3/12/21

Roger... It was my great fortune to have met and worked with him at Dam Neck. I will never forget his kindness, endless knowledge and willingness to help novice like me learn the ropes. Your presence in the office is sorely missed. Rest in peace, my friend.


Denise Sharp posted on 3/12/21

I was lucky enough to work with Roger at NSWC DN (FCDSSA) and got a chance to see what a great man he was. He willmissed him dearly and wanted to extend my sympathies to Helen and the family



Martin Lopshansky posted on 3/12/21

Roger...It was truly a pleasure to know you and an honor to have served with you on the best ship in the United States Navy. Your calm demeanor and willingness to help out in anyway you could truly exemplifies God's commandment of love thy neighbor. Rest in Peace my friend. May God's light shine upon you always and until we meet again, fair wind and following seas!


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Sylvia Nery-Strickland (Primm) posted on 3/12/21

He was such a beautiful person. My heartfelt condolences to Helen, their children, his family and friends.


Gene Garrett posted on 3/12/21

Roger was an awesome shipmate on USS San Jacinto and friend. As his Executive Officer he was a junior officer you could always depend on. He always had a positive attitude. May God give comfort to the family and friends. Fair winds Shipmate.


Frankie Wilkins posted on 3/12/21

I have fond memories of William Messer. When I knew him he was an Ensign onboard the USS San Jacinto CG 56. He was a fair and caring person. My condolences goes out to his family.



Lon Scofiy posted on 3/12/21

I worked in the same office as Roger for nearly fifteen years. He was always cheerful, hard-working and helpful for those of us who were in need of his expertise. It was a joy to work with Roger.


Maggie Butler posted on 3/11/21

Roger was a kind, thoughtful, and humble person. He was wonderful to work with, always willing to share his extensive knowledge and help everyone. Roger left us way too soon. Helen, may God give you strength, peace, and comfort.


Emma posted on 3/11/21

Roger was so very gentle and soft spoken that it almost came as a shock to the system. We’re so accustomed to the loud clamor of the world we now live in. To sit with Roger was such a calming and peaceful place to be. We will greatly miss the most kindest and precious of souls.


Jon Greene posted on 3/11/21

I am so sorry to hear of Roger's death. May your sadness today, give way to sweet memories of your time together.


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 3/11/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of William Roger Messer, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Navy Veteran, William Roger Messer, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Heather Parsons posted on 3/11/21

Such a dear neighbor. His love and commitment to his family were always evident in everything he did. Helen was the love of his life. So blessed to have been a small part of their lives. Healing prayers to the family as his transition to the Heavenly Father leaves a hole in the hearts whom have been left behind. Love and comfort to all. Heather and Doug Parsons


Kevin Long posted on 3/11/21

Roger was a great human being. I was so glad to work beside and with Roger for 2 years. I was totally blessed to have had that experience. He taught me so much in such a small amount of time.



Cathy LaPointe posted on 3/11/21

Roger will be missed. He was the kindest man I have ever met. I am so glad to have had the pleasure of working with Roger. Thoughts and prayers to Helen and family.