Roger Julian Newcomb, 96, of Carmel, Indiana died peacefully at home on April 11, 2023, surrounded by family.
Roger was born March 19, 1927, in Logansport, Indiana to Earl and Martha Newcomb. He graduated from Logansport High School in 1945 and was drafted into the United States Army. He served during World War II in the 78th Division, 431st band in Germany, entertaining the troops by playing trumpet. He was very proud of his service and was a true patriot.
He graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Marketing from the Business School in 1951. He was a founding member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, Sigma Triton Chapter, serving as treasurer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Sigma marketing honor society.
Roger married Jane Rosenberger, also an IU graduate, in 1956. They raised three daughters and were very active with social and intellectual pursuits. He was a member of the Scientech Club, Scottish Rite and a long-time member of Meridian Street United Methodist Church. He was a loyal, 50-year member of the IU Varsity Club, as well as the Hoosier Hundred and President’s Circle. Indiana University played a very important part in his life. He and Jane attended many basketball and football games, including a trip to the 1968 Rose Bowl.
Roger and his partner, Howard Taylor, founded Taylor-Newcomb Engineering in 1962, a company that specialized in fluid power systems. Thanks to Roger’s marketing and business abilities, the enterprise expanded, with several branch offices across the Midwest.
He enjoyed boating and waterskiing at Morse Lake, Big Band music, IU football, the Indy 500, and traveling. He and Jane traveled the world together. They spent many winters in Naples, Florida, where they enjoyed morning walks and outings with friends. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, with a wonderful sense of humor. He was very outgoing and could make anyone feel at ease. He leaves a void that will never be filled.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane Newcomb; daughters Amy Musser (Jonathan), Cassie Hicks (Dennis), and Elizabeth Baxter (Arthur); grandchildren Daniel Hicks (Rachel), Jason Musser, Steven Baxter, Benjamin Hicks, Elise Musser, Madelyn Baxter, and Jonathan Hicks. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Martha Newcomb; sisters Mary Virginia Gergel and Ann Wright.
The family will receive friends at Flanner Buchanan-Carmel, Sunday, April 16 from 12:00 –2:00 pm, with a memorial service to follow. Roger will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Washington Park North Cemetery on April 17th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Varsity Club at Indiana University (iuhoosiers.com/sports/varsity-club). Please visit www.flannerbuchanan.com to sign the online guest register or to view the service through the live stream link.
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