Roger Leon Eagle, 77, a retired professional firefighter with the City of Staunton, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Augusta Health in Fishersville.
He was born on October 4, 1946, in Augusta County, a son of the late James Ivan and Lena Virginia Sheffer Eagle.
Roger was a 1966 graduate of Buffalo Gap High School. Later, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Throughout his military service, he demonstrated unwavering dedication to his country. The Navy instilled valuable qualities in him that he carried throughout his entire life.
Roger dedicated his life to serving the community as a firefighter. With the City of Staunton Fire Department, he demonstrated unwavering courage and selflessness in the face of danger. Throughout his distinguished career, Roger made a significant impact on the safety and well-being of countless individuals.In addition to his remarkable career as a firefighter, Roger was an active member of Saint Paul's Church in Staunton. His passion for music led him to be a devoted member of the Chancel Choir for an impressive fifty-five years. His soulful voice resonated within the church walls and uplifted congregants week after week. Roger was also a founding member of Celebration!, a variety group known most for their memorable annual dinner theatres, of which he participated in for twenty-nine years.Beyond his contributions to the fire department and church community, Roger was deeply involved in several organizations. He served as past commander of the Disabled American Veteran's Waynesboro Skyline Chapter with utmost dedication. Through this role, he advocated for the rights and well-being of disabled veterans. Additionally, Roger was an esteemed member of the Retired Firefighters Breakfast Group where he cherished camaraderie with fellow retired firefighters.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-five years, Shirley Jean Potter Eagle; his two sons, David James Eagle and his wife, Tracey, and Kevin Wade Eagle and his fiancée, Mary Ann Griffin; and his grandchildren, Kaitlyn Inez Eagle and her fiancé, Kyle Turner, Isaac Caleb Euell Eagle, Audrey Elizabeth Eagle, Lleyton Campbell Anderson, and Caedmon Thomas Anderson. He is also survived by his sister, Norma Lee Eagle Sheets and her husband, Charles and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Robert "Bobby" Earl Eagle.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Henry Funeral Home in Staunton. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Saint Paul's Church with the Reverend Ryan Oswald officiating. Family and friends will process from the church under a police and fire department escort where the interment will follow at Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens in Staunton with military rites.
Serving as pallbearers will be members of the City of Staunton Fire Department. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Mark Durland, Wayne Godby, Eddie Carter, Kenny Nicholas, Charlie Cubbage, Carl Irvine, and David Meyr.
It is suggested by the family that those desiring may make memorial contributions to Saint Paul’s Church (2000 Shutterlee Mill Road, Staunton, VA 24401).