Another VP-4 vet has passed away. Roger Lammers passed away February 15, 2016. His wife, Christine, passed away December 25, 2017.
Roger served as Crew 8 Navigator in 1971, Crew 8 3P in 1972 and as the Assistant Admin Officer in 1974.
December 07, 1946 ~ February 15, 2016
Roger Anthony Lammers was born in Findlay, Ohio on December 7th, 1946 as the first of five children to Robert Sylvester Lammers & Nora Stella Yates Lammers. Raised in Northern Ohio, Roger was a standout student & athlete earning the Northern Ohio “Football Player of the Year” in 1964. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 with a major in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Roger assisted in coaching football and recruiting players for the Naval Academy. He then trained as a pilot in Pensacola, Florida. He flew P3 Orions during three Vietnam War tours. He later received an MBA from Wharton.
Roger and Christine “Tina” Alexandra Winiarz Lammers met at a party in Washington, D.C. while Roger was at the Naval Academy. When Roger was away for Pilot Training in Pensacola, Tina came for a visit. He handed her his laundry bag full of dirty laundry and told her there was something in there for her. She discovered a big, sparkling engagement ring and couldn’t possibly say “no”. They were married on Labor Day in 1969 at a beautiful campus chapel in Annapolis. Roger shared Tina’s father’s love for history and the two of them enjoyed many lively conversations. Roger and Tina were married 47 years and raised three wonderful children. Andy, Becky, and Natalie have brought them much happiness and are a source of great pride. Roger leaves behind their three lovely and bright granddaughters, Megan, Aubrey, and Ella, who have proven to share his love of learning and athleticism.
Roger’s career was in Industry & Consulting where he led a group to the acquisition of existing companies for 10 years. More recently, he has been an independent consulting & investor.
You cannot describe Roger Lammers without using the word “optimist”. He had a great vision for the business and couldn’t resist pepping his conversations with words “millions and billions”. Coming up with ways to grow a business came as a natural to him as living and breathing.
Roger was always interested in people and made a point of asking them how their life was going. “How are you doing?” “How are your kids?” “How is the job going?” Roger always took time to listen and offer encouragement.
We will all miss this joyful, larger-than-life man who left us far too soon. Rest in peace, Roger.
AVCM USN (Ret)
VP-4 1975 – 1978
VP-4 Veterans Assn Database Manager