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Roger Lewis Hathaway


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Roger L. Hathaway, 79 passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Viera, FL. 

Roger was a man that always loved a good story, but it was his own life story that was truly remarkable. He was a loving, thoughtful, and caring husband, father, and Pop Pop to his grandchildren. He was a true patriot and his love of country led to serving 26 years in the United States Air Force and 3 tours in the Vietnam War. Roger was a highly decorated soldier and was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and many other prestigious awards. 

The next chapter of his life was a distinguished 24 year career as a Quality Engineer for NASA. His contributions led to many key advancements to the space program. Always one to give back to the community, Roger volunteered for the P.A.Y Program as a Juvenile Arbitrator for 13 years. This program was designed to provide early intervention and rehabilitation for juveniles. 

In the final chapter of his life, Roger enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. Roger is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Elisa Hathaway; along with five children; Jessica Hathaway, Michell Hathaway Garzon, Diana Hathaway-Jones, Lori MacDonald, and Robert Hathaway; eleven grandchildren; and one great grandchild. 

There will be an escorted funeral procession to the cemetery on Monday, February 11th at 1:15 PM from Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1286 US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL 32955. A Full Military Honors Memorial Service will be held for Roger L. Hathaway at 2:30 PM, Monday, February 11, 2019 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US Highway 1, Mims, FL 32754.

Flowers can be sent (before Sunday) to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1001 Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901 or directly to the cemetery (Monday morning) in honor of Roger L. Hathaway.


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Terry L. and Shirley R. Smith

February 8, 2019, 1:37 pm

Roger did indeed love his Family he talked about them many times…he was a good family man, served his country well and was a friend and co-worker. God bless his Family!

Edgar (Bud) Alloway.

February 8, 2019, 3:30 pm

Sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. I worked with him for awhile at NASA. The best to you and the family.

Lee And Gwen Bridgeman

February 10, 2019, 5:01 pm

Roger was a friend and co worker in the NASA Quality office for many years. He will be missed.May God bless his family and love ones.

Terrence (Terry) O'Shea

February 10, 2019, 11:07 pm

My condolences to Roger’s family, I just heard the sad news. I worked with Roger in NASA Quality for several years. He was always a happy and friendly person and we enjoyed working together. He will be missed.

Jalaine Spears

February 11, 2019, 7:45 am

Sending prayers to the family. I worked with Roger at NASA and he was quite the character with all his stories. I know how dedicated he was at everything he did. Hugs to you all and know that Roger will be missed by many many people.

Pamela Bohn

February 11, 2019, 8:59 am

Thoughts and prayers to family. We did a Chili Cookoff with NASA QA family.

Bev Akin & Ron Hathaway

February 11, 2019, 7:40 pm

Your twin sister Beverly and older brother Ronnie will forever hold your memory close to our hearts! Safe journeys!

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