We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wright's Funeral Parlor
Roger E. Flood, 80, moved on from the physical world to begin the next phase of his journey on August 23, 2021.
Originally from Mansfield, OH, Roger was a 22 year resident of Texas; living 17 years in Weslaco, TX and 5 years in Kerrville, TX.
In 1974 Roger married Carol and began their life with three wonderful children, Belinda Southard of Hilliard, OH; Wayne Reiter of Jaco, Costa Rica; and Angela Hergatt of Bellville, OH.
In addition to their three children, Roger is survived by his sister Shirley (Paul) Zimmerman of New Washington, OH; his brother Jim (Patti) Flood of Marion, OH; seven grandchildren (J.R., Weston, Joshua, Stephen, Trevor, Jacob, and Riley), six great-grandchildren (Jackson, Jensley, Evelyn, Kaius, Quentin, and Natalie), many nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents Curtis Flood and Martha Flood, both of Mansfield, OH; a nephew, Mark McAllister; and a great grandson, Theodore Southard.
Roger worked at the North American Knitting Mill for 31 years, completing that chapter as the head of Research & Development. Starting the next new adventure, Roger and Carol became an over-the-road husband and wife owner-operator team. It was then that Punkie, a stuffed toy pumpkin, came into their lives. Little did we know how big of an impact that little pumpkin would have. Punkie is incredibly sassy, always has something to say, and signs every family member's birthday card. Roger and Carol drove their Kenworth for nine years and over 2 million safe miles, retiring early to Weslaco, TX.
Aside from being the family meteorologist and having Carol make calls to every affected family member across the U.S., he and Carol spent many hours riding their motorcycle through the beautiful area of TX known as the Hill Country. He loved the open road and traveling across the United States by any means. He was happiest when he was on the move, creating new memories, and new stories to share. Roger was a storyteller at heart and would regale family and friends with their many adventures from boating, camping, riding the motorcycle, and driving cross-country in their Kenworth. He was an avid reader and loved old movies. He always wanted to be a cowboy and had a special place in his heart for Western movies, music, and books.
He loved spending time with his family and spent many family vacations on the Ohio River, and the beaches of Apple Valley in Howard, OH and Kure Beach, North Carolina. A treasured family memory was created when the Suburban had a flat tire on our way to North Carolina; never a good start to the family vacation and stress was high. In an attempt to lighten the mood his son, Wayne said, Hey Dad “think of this as an adventure”. Not sure it worked at the time, but since then that phrase has been uttered in many times of stress with successful results. Roger was very proud of all of his children, never stopped being a Dad, and loved being a Grandpa. He was always excited to see pictures of the great-grandchildren and especially to have the opportunity to spend time with them. He is a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend. Roger will be missed by many.
No services are being held per his request, but if you're riding through the Hill Country give a nod to Roger. In addition, please feel free to share any of your special memories of Roger with his family.