Roger E. Wellman

July 17, 1941 ‒ January 23, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Roger E. Wellman, age 75 of Delaware died Monday evening, January 23, 2017 at his home following a two year illness.

He was born on July 17, 1941 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Walter C. and Mary M. (Abbey) Wellman.  A 1959 graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, Michigan he went on to study broadcasting at Brown Institute and Elkins Technical School. A newsman of both radio and television, his career spanned 37 years at stations throughout the United States.  He considered his 8 year tenure as the news director at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia his proudest achievement.

With many interests, he was a member of the Little Brown Jug Singles and the Delaware County Model Railroaders. Roger crafted a HO train display reflective of his life and those he loved. He was also an avid golfer and had served as ranger at the Oakhaven Golf Club in Delaware.

A gifted photographer, his landscapes were award winning.  His Interest in sports began when he broadcast Indiana high school games and continued as a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. He collected many things including; Christmas Santa’s, trains, books, and music albums.

Full of integrity and positive in nature, he was described as a kind, loving beautiful soul. At times quirky, Roger always looked for ways to help. His attention to detail was tough to match.  He made a difference in the lives he touched. He was happiest with his family, enjoying one of his many hobbies or a good game of golf.  With his motto that kindness goes a long way, he leaves the world better than he found it.

Roger is survived by his second wife of 17 years M. Sue (Todd); children: Julie (Kevin) Jenkins of Ft. Wayne, IN, Janet Arlen of Newburg, MO, Joyce Wellman of Columbia City, IN, John (Karlayn) VanLennep of Conifer, CO, 7 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and brother Robert “Bob” Wellman of Delaware.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife of 31 years Donna K. (Campbell) who died in 1994, his twin sister Roselyn Kidder and her husband Kelly who was Rogers best friend.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. (formerly 1510 W. William St.) Delaware where services will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Graveside services will be held 1:00 pm Monday at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Frankfort, Indiana next to his first wife.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Delaware County Model Railroaders, 68 S. Vernon St., Sunbury, Ohio 43074.

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  • So sorry for this family’s loss. May God wrap his arms around this family and provide them with the love and comfort they need at this difficult time.

  • Remembering what a fun loving and kind individual Roger was. We enjoyed him when he spent time in Lynchburg & WSET. Our family sends condolences as you navigate these difficult days ahead.

  • I am so sorry to hear of this loss. Roger was one of the most important people in shaping my news career. He showed me I could do what I thought I could not. Roger was a great mentor.