Roger Streeter

Published: April 25, 2018 at 12:00 am


Roger Lee Streeter, 87, of Bow, N.H., died peacefully April 21, after declining health. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt., to the late Pearl and Franklin Streeter. He grew up in New Salem, Mass., and later settled in Sandy Hook where he raised his children. After retirement, he moved to Hamden and then Bow.

He honorably served in the US Army in the Korean War and received three bronze stars. After discharge he attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. At the university, he received his degree and met his wife Shirley. After graduation they settled in Sandy Hook, where he taught earth science at Newtown High School. He also taught many of the students to drive in driver's ed.

Sports were important to Mr Streeter. He started out as the pitcher at New Salem High School and carried that love throughout his life. During the summers, he was the Newtown Parks and Recreation director. During the school year, he was both the track and cross country coach. In the winters he bowled at Newtown's duck pin alleys. He attended all of the school's sporting games. He was an avid golfer. He loved sports.

Growing up a Streeter meant summer vacations involved rocks and minerals. His family says they had many a visits to mines, gravel pits, quarries, riverbanks, caves, and a few rock swaps/shows. When Mr Streeter determined that he had enough rocks for that school year, he and his wife Shirley had his family search for every covered bridge in the Northeast. Together they instilled in all his descendants the love of math and science.

When Mr Streeter retired from teaching, he took to antiquing. Those who knew him could find him every weekend at the Woodbury flea market and other flea markets throughout the state.

His children and their spouses, Deborah and John, Arlene and Joseph, Roger, Franklin and Dawn, and Nancy and Robert; his grandchildren, Nicholas and wife Sara, Stephen, Elizabeth and husband Greg, Samantha, Julia, and Adam; and his great-grandchild survive him.

His wife, Shirley of 26 years, predeceased him.

Services will be conducted privately at the family's convenience.

Memorial donations can be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton NH 03276; as this is where Mr Streeter lived for the past nine months. There he played bingo, games on the computer, watched movies, and listened to storytellers and musical groups. He enjoyed his time there, and his loved ones say they are forever grateful for the excellent care and attention the New Hampshire Veterans Home gave him.

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