Roger Keith "RJ" Gilpin, Jr., age 34, of Freeport (formerly of Kent) passed away unexpectedly early Friday June 27, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 26, 1979 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. He was the son of Roger Keith Gilpin, Sr. and Christina Ruth Smith Gilpin of Freeport.
He was a 1997 graduate of Greenon High School in Enon, Ohio.
Roger was passionate about cooking, and dreamed of one day owning his own restaurant or catering business. He enjoyed sharing his love of cooking with his family and friends. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and also enjoyed golfing and researching family genealogy.
Roger was a loving father to his daughter, Lindsey. They enjoyed spending time on the lake fishing and boating and taking Gator rides through the hills around his home.
He is survived by his parents Roger and Christina Gilpin of Freeport; daughter Lindsey Gilpin of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; sisters Christie Bobbitt (Todd) of Eustis, Florida and Robin Sir Louis (Tim) of Jeannette, Pennsylvania; a brother Charles Gilpin (Courtney) of Woodbury, Minnesota, paternal grandmother Edna (Yeary) Gilpin of Elberta, Alabama, Uncle Richard Gilpin of Elberta, Alabama, a nephew Tanner Sir Louis and a niece Allison Bobbitt.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Moris E. Gilpin, maternal grandfather Harry M. Smith and maternal grandmother Doris Jeane (Cook) Smith.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S. High Street, Freeport. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 in the funeral home with Pastor Dave Koch officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmont Union Cemetery in Freeport.
The family invites everyone to come celebrate Roger's life at Freeport Fire hall immediately following the burial.
Arrangements were entrusted to Koch Funeral Home, 216 S. High Street, Freeport, Ohio 43973. Phone: (740) 658-3470. Online condolences may be made on the funeral home's website. www.kochfuneralhome.net
(Koch Funeral Home 740-658-3470, RC 7-1-14)
Mr and Mrs. Gilpin:
I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Roger used to come to my home every Christmas Eve with Shannon, Maddie and Lindsey. He was a wonderful kind soul and I loved spending time with him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
With loving memories of Roger,
Arlene, Miguel and Eterne Merzeau