Roger was born on Jan. 10, 1933, to Pearl (Druhot) and Lonnie Sword of Archbold.
Roger lived in Archbold until the age of eight when he moved with his mother to Casa Grande, Ariz. He continued to spend part of each summer in Archbold, visiting family, fishing with his father at Independence Dam, and hanging out with lifelong friends at local spots such as Bourquin’s pond.
Some summers he ran the film projector at Scott Theatre.
In 1959 Roger married Portia Yancey, with whom he recently celebrated 51 years of marriage.
Roger’s career included a stint as a DJ on a Casa Grande radio station, followed by a quarter-century in the film industry which took him to the Los Angeles area.
He worked as a sound and sound effects editor on over 150 movie and TV productions and was friends with many film stars such as Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, and Paul Newman, but treated them just as he would anybody else.
His movie work included "Jaws," "The Blues Brothers," and "Chinatown."
Roger worked on TV shows such as the National Geographic specials and "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau," for which he received one of his several Emmy nominations.
Roger had a great sense of humor, and liked to tell of how he had fun with Cousteau by inserting fake creaking noises into the soundtrack as if they came from Cousteau’s craft.
Roger was part of the “old guys” group (as today’s editors refer to them) who were the last to use Moviola devices before digital editing took over.
He retired in 1988, but is still known and respected by the editors of today.
After retiring, Roger moved with his wife and children to several acres in the high desert of western Arizona, where they built a new home.
Roger was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend.
After his family, his passions were airplanes and movies. He began building model airplanes as a young man, and worked for many years on a full-scale plane.
He loved to get the latest movies on DVD and maintained an extensive film library.
Roger is survived by his wife Portia; daughter Jennie of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and son Greg of Chino Valley. He also left behind siblings Karen Sword of Pennsylvania, Terry Riggs, Bryan, Betty Sword and Marsha Lucas of California, Gloria (Don) Chappell and Danny Don of Arizona; stepmother Lorene (Grime) Sword, Stryker; and stepfather Warren Don, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and a younger brother, Benny.
Internment will be at a private ceremony in Casa Grande, Ariz.
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