Roger Phillip Lemley, Sr.
Roger Phillip Lemley, Sr., age 58 of Tonopah, AZ died October 29, 2018, in Buckeye, AZ. He was born August 10, 1960, in Van Meter, Pennsylvania to Robert and Elizabeth Lemley. Upon graduating from high school, Roger struck out on his own, traveling across country until his money ran out in Arizona. He began working in construction and the HVAC trade. In 1994 he began working at the Palo Verde Generating Station.
Fun and light-hearted, Roger would always find a way to make his presence known. Whether it was appearing in bold fedoras, or just expressing his opinion, you had no doubt about how he was feeling. Though he was outspoken and sometimes opinionated, he was a good listener and had the biggest heart. He was always doing things for other people and putting their needs in place of his own.
In his later years, Roger renewed his focus on his family. As a father, he had high standards for his children and taught them to be independent and self-sufficient. He was their biggest cheerleader and told them every day how proud he was of them. His greatest desire was that his children and grandchildren would continue to support each other even when he was gone. He would often remind them that happiness in life was the ultimate goal. He believed that status and “stuff” would never bring true happiness. His life was a testament to that belief.
Roger is survived by his daughters, Jennifer, and Sarah Lemley; son, Roger Lemley, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Elisa; son-in-law, Jacob Lund; sisters, Carla Lemley Friend, Connie Frohnhofer, and Candy Lemley Lafko; brothers, Rick, Rodney and Randy Lemley; and two grandchildren, Lydia and Wyatt.
A visitation will be at 4:30 pm followed by a funeral service at 5:30 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.