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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman

Tuesday, January 22nd, 1935 - Friday, April 12th, 2019
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Roger Sherman was born on January 22, 1935 and died April 12, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Roger grew up in Coupeville and graduated from Coupeville high school in 1953. He attended WSU for 2 years, meeting his wife Darlene on a train going to a Methodist Student Movement Conference in Kansas. He enlisted in the Air Force and married Darlene in 1956. He was a weatherman in the Air Force and spent a year of his service in Iceland. After his military service he and Darlene returned to Coupeville to farm with his father Clark and his brother, Al.

Roger believed deeply in serving his community. He was a lifelong member of Coupeville United Methodist Church, a life member of the Coupeville Lion’s Club, and a Sea Explorer leader for 25 years, which led him to get his master’s license for Puget Sound waters. He served on the Mt. Baker Area Scout Council and earned the Silver Beaver award for his service to scouting. He served on the Farm Bureau, Cemetery Board, the Port Commission, and on the Marine Resource Committee. Roger was instrumental in the creation of the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, and with his brother Al sold development rights on much of their farm land to the National Parks to help preserve Ebey’s Prairie. He was involved in local barn restoration, restoring the Davis Blockhouse in Sunnyside Cemetery and the museum’s band organ, seen in many of the local parades. After retiring from farming he took a great interest in local history, especially maritime history. He did extensive research, gave countless history programs to local organizations, led cemetery tours and was a docent at the Jacob Ebey House. Roger recorded interviews with many family members and local folks to retain Whidbey’s history. He authored the book, The Sinking of the Calista about Whidbey’s maritime history and was close to finishing a second book on Whidbey’s maritime history.

Reading was his escape from the world until he discovered Hallmark movies. He often said he would have been further along in his 2nd book, except for those movies. He loved being on the waters of Puget Sound, both on a ship or in the water scuba diving. In his later years he enjoyed coffee at the Tyee with the Lion’s guys, Tai Chi (he was the opening joke teller) and was a Shifty Sailor groupie.

Roger dearly loved his family and friends. He will be remembered by his wife of 62 years, Darlene and his children Connie (Mike) Tripp, and Don (Debbie) Sherman. He will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Bradley (Abbey) Sherman, Jamie Tripp, Bryan (Bailey) Sherman, Jeffrey (Leah) Tripp, Tony (Shelby) Sherman, and his five great grandchildren (with two on the way). He is also survived by his brother, Al (Phyllis) Sherman, and Jim Sherman (Michael Ferri). He leaves a large extended family in the area. Roger was preceded in death by his parents Clark and Dorothy Sherman.

The family requests that gifts be made in his honor to his favorite organizations: Island County Historical Society, Coupeville Lion’s Club or Coupeville United Methodist Church.

Roger’s memorial service will be on Saturday, May 11, at 2:00pm at the Coupeville United Methodist Church.
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 2:00pm
    Coupeville United Methodist Church
    608 N Main St
    COUPEVILLE, WA 98239
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  • Interment

    Sunnyside Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    COUPEVILLE, WA 98239
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    A private family gathering will occur at a later date.


  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal
  • Lions International
  • United Methodist Church
  • US Air Force


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Angie Homola

Posted at 02:31pm
Roger dedicated his life to the betterment of our community at large and to preserving both history and place. His contributions to protect Ebey’s Prairie and to pass on the knowledge of this very special reserve to all those eager to learn are incalculable. Roger was the embodiment of all that is good and right about Coupeville and Ebey’s Landing National Reserve. In his honor – Angie Homola

Randi Fossland (was Scholl)

Posted at 01:11pm
Darlene, I don’t know you well although I’ve always liked you. I knew Roger a bit better from Bobbi’s computer classes and Lynne’s Tai Qi class. Roger was an amazing and kind man. He will be missed by the Island community and everyone whose lives he touched. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. sincerely, Randi

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