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Roger A. Sturtevant, age 80, husband of Michelle S. (Paquette) Sturtevant of Magnolia, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born in Ipswich on January 7, 1936, he was the son of the late Charles C. Sturtevant, Jr. and Louise M. (Beaulieu) Sturtevant.
Roger was a graduate of Ipswich High School, Class of 1954. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a radio technician on both ships and submarines. After discharge he attended Merrimack College in Andover.
For many years, until his retirement at age 63, Roger was employed as a Quality Assurance Electronic Engineer at Microwave Associates, which later became MA/Com, in both Burlington and Lowell.
Roger had a lifelong interest in archaeology and in the 60's and 70's was a member of the Massachusetts Amateur Archaeological Society. He enjoyed searching for Native American and Colonial artifacts and assembled a large collection of arrowheads, tools, pottery shards and other artifacts he found in Ipswich.
Roger also enjoyed fly fishing, even tying his own flies, as well as digging for clams, combing Singing Beach with his metal detector, and casting and painting lead soldiers representing the Napoleonic Army.
For many years Roger and his wife made yearly month-long trips to Europe. He was especially fond of Paris, the Loire Valley and Normandy in France, and Bellagio Italy.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, Michelle, he is survived by his daughter, Robin Payne and husband, John of Newport News, Va.; his sister, Gail Rotcavich of Ipswich; brother-in-law, Marc Paquette of Costa Rica; sister-in-law, Susan Krigman and husband, Michael of Malden; nieces and nephews, Thomas Sturtevant and wife, Kristen, David Sturtevant, Susan Yeatts, Lori Rotcavich Cooper, Daniel Paquette, Erin Ogrean, Marco Paquette, Zachary Krigman, and Rebecca Krigman; goddaughters, Aimee Mulkern Edgar and Shaina Mulkern Kalama.
He was predeceased by his brother Robert Sturtevant.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 18, at 10 a.m. in Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923, or to the Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, in remembrance of his beloved beagle “Maggie.”
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  August 16, 2016
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