Roger Allen (“Tub”) Marckel passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, March 13, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 29, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio where he married his loving wife Jo Anne (Hiatt) and raised five children before moving to Chattanooga, TN in 1999. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, he worked hard as an auto glass installer for 45 years and loved being with his family. He also enjoyed playing softball, playing cards and Yahtzee, attending the annual family picnics at Mary Jane Thurston Park, and in his later years, watching T.V. westerns and Jeopardy!, and visiting with his family.
Roger is survived by his devoted children, Dennis (Lori) Marckel, Deb (Randy) Mangolt, Diane (Philip) Smith, David (Linda) Marckel, Donna (Dave) Garrett, and his grandchildren, Justin (Andrea) Marckel, Steven Lewandowski, Amy (Jeff) Parker, Abby (Joey) Johnson, Anna Lewandowski, Molly (Zach) White, Nick (Katie Grace) Marckel, Zach Garrett, Matt Garrett and 12 great-grandchildren, Cohen, Elliana, Judah, Emerson, Caden, Devin, Vance, Kinsey, Corbin, Henry, Tripp and Merrick.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 blessed years, Jo Anne (Hiatt); parents Charles and Alta; brothers and sisters, Justin (Helen), Gene (Sally), Geraldine Uhlich, Violet (Gene) Lagger, Tom, Joan (Jim) Webb, Wayne (Terri), Larry (Betty), Linda Beamer, Ann (Eddie) Michel, and Steve (Shirley), John (Carol) and infant grandson Gregory Garrett.
Dad had a quiet, kind demeanor that was admired and respected by everyone who knew him. He spoke from his heart with wisdom and truth. Dad taught us to work hard, be patient when merging into traffic (“if you wait long enough you can crawl across”), and treat others the way you would want to be treated. Dad chose his words carefully and they had a lasting impact. His quick wit and good-natured teasing will be missed.
A graveside service will be held at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park “Garden of Love” on Friday, March 19 at 11 a.m. A link to the video recording of the service will be made available after the service and upon request. Thank you to Hearth Hospice team for their service and care. Donations may be made to Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or Hearth Hospice, 513 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37403 in Roger’s memory.
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