Friends and family will be saddened to learn of the death of Roger (Rog) Champagne of The New Hampshire Veteran’s Home. He passed on March 7, 2020 at the age of 89 surrounded by his loving family.
Roger was born and raised in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which he always held dear to his heart. He was the son of Edward and Alberta Champagne and stepson to “Gramme Pauline Champagne.”
Roger was a veteran of the Korean War and was stationed on USS Philippine Sea CVA-47 for the duration of the war. He made many friends from his years in the Navy and will be remembered and missed.
Roger graduated from Portsmouth, Lincoln High Schools, and New Hampshire Tech. He was a brilliant engineer and worked at the former Sanders Associates in Nashua for 16 years. Roger married Nan Mallory in 1965, and they moved to Andover in 1970. After getting caught up in the “Back to the Country” exodus, he ended his working career by working at Concord Litho until his retirement at age 70.
All of Uncle Roger’s nieces and nephews enjoyed visiting “the farm” as he had snowmobiles, four-wheelers and dirt bikes. Roger’s family loved reminiscing about the good times at the farm.
Roger had a wonderful sense of humor and found joy in the smallest things. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed gardening and one year grew the biggest sunflower in the state. Of course, that might be debatable.
He loved to cook and, in response to the financial needs of his little church, he instigated putting on a spaghetti supper at his church every year for nearly 40 years. Roger was famous for his meatballs.
Roger was a passionate storyteller and sometimes it was difficult to hear the end of the story, as Roger was laughing so hard. Many good times were had around the dinner table regaling tales of his family growing up in the mountains and his Dad “owing his soul to the Country Store.”
Roger was very proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments.
Roger is survived by his three children: Kelley and her husband Jeff, Jon and his wife Joane, and Chris. Two grandchildren, Tyler and Julianna, were the apple of his eye.
He leaves his brother, Edward Champagne of Oregon, and many nieces and nephews round out his large family. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Gallant.
Cemetery Committal with Military Honors was held on March 13 at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents Recreation Department at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton NH 03276. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information, please visit CSNH.com.