Roger was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1970 and grew up in the little town of Hillsboro, located in southern Ohio. Roger was an honor student, a member of the Latin Club, Physics Club, Cross County and Golf Team. He spent the majority of his free time hunting and trapping for local farmers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Roger was very blessed growing up and had the wonderful opportunity of spending every summer with his beloved grandparents. He enjoyed going on adventures traveling to Canada, camping and fishing. He also traveled all over the United States visiting nearly every state. Roger especially enjoyed Wyoming, South Dakota and Minnesota.
Roger graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1988. Roger attended Ohio State University with his main course of study as History. Roger continued his college career at Southern State Community College where he obtained an Associates Degree in 1992. After graduation, Roger was accepted into Electrician Apprenticeship training and became a Journeyman Wireman for IBEW Local 683 in 1997. He worked installing and wiring electrical services for high rise commercial buildings. Roger met his wife Lori while they were both attendants in a wedding, Roger a groomsman and Lori a bridesmaid. After dating they were married on August 18, 2001. Upon returning from their honeymoon, Roger was devastated to find that his grandfather passed away. The following month, on September 11, 2001, the county suffered the profound tragedy of the 911 terrorist attacks. It was after that horrific event compounded by the grief of losing his grandfather that Roger started to yearn to do something more meaningful with his life. It was also at this time that Roger took on the role of being a father and legally adopted Lori’s 12 year old daughter, Lyndsey. Three years later, in 2004 Roger and Lori welcomed a baby girl they named Addie. Roger met with his minister, Pastor Ken Kirk and discussed this feeling of wanting to work in the Mortuary field. He expressed how after dealing with the death of his beloved grandfather he felt a need to provide dignity to the dead and compassion for the families facing the loss of their loved ones. He also stressed that he wanted to set a good example for his daughters in helping people. After 15 years as an Electrician, Roger returned to college and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2007. Before graduating Mortuary school Roger began his apprenticeship working for The O. R. Woodyard Co. Funeral & Cremation Services, the second largest funeral home in Columbus Ohio. Over the span of 7 years, Roger worked as the one of main embalmers and was the crematory operator that served over 500 families a year. Working at OR Woodyard was a wonderful learning experience and Roger gained a lot of knowledge from working at such a busy facility. Roger was working an average of 15 hours a day and nearly 7 days a week. Roger was very passionate about the funeral business and family was very important to Roger. He began thinking that if he was going to dedicate that much time to serving families he should take the next step and purchase his own business and dedicate the rest of his life serving families in their time of need. Roger along with his wife Lori purchased Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in 2012 and renamed the business Liming Family Funeral Home. The funeral home downstairs was turn key ready but the living area upstairs was in need of major renovations. With the loving support of his father, Roger and Roger “Dale” Sr. worked together several months renovating the living area above the funeral home to make it a beautiful home for the family. Roger is aware that his dream of owning his own business could not have become a reality without the support of his parents. Roger and Lori feel very blessed to be able to provide service to families in their time of need. The greatest benefit of living above the funeral home and having a small tight knit staff is that there is virtually no overhead, therefore they are able to provide services that are affordable for families. With “Big business” taking over many family-owned funeral homes and cemeteries across the United States the personalized care necessary during the grieving process is often lost. Roger is proud of the fact that as a small, family owned and operated funeral home, he and his staff are able to pay special attention to individual needs and wishes as well as to the details that often get lost in the shuffle of a larger operation. During such a profound loss families should be able to focus on their grief and remembering their loved one, not worrying about going bankrupt saying goodbye. Routinely, Roger gets calls from family members when their loved one is nearing the final stages of their life. Time and time again he is asked, “What do I need to do to prepare for their funeral?” Roger‘s reply is always the same: “Right now the most important thing you can do is spend time with your loved one.” Roger stresses that this time is precious and they don’t need to worry about making the funeral arrangements yet, He will be there for them when they are ready. His statement is always the same, “Be there for your loved one and when the time comes I will be there for you.” He advises families that when death occurs he will come to them and meet with them in person or if they prefer they can come to our funeral home and meet with us, but at this time their focus should be on their family.
When not working or spending time with his own family, Roger enjoys attending meetings with his lodge brothers and is a proud Member of Free and Accepted Masons Shirley Lodge 531. Roger is a Lifetime Member of The National Tapper’s Association and a member of Indiana and Ohio Trapper’s Associations. Roger is a member of the NFDA and IFDA. A history buff, Roger enjoys historical documentaries, especially those focusing on the Civil War era. Roger also likes collecting pennies, from old wheat pennies to brand new freshly minted pennies. Roger has a huge passion for cars, specifically Jeeps. He worked and restored a 1984 Jeep CJ-7 back to it’s original condition. Roger is a NHRA and NASCAR fan and was lucky to see Dale Earnhardt Sr. in person many times. He also met John Force and Larry Dixon. Roger is a fan of the New York Rangers hockey and also the Oakland Raiders football team. Roger and Lori have been married 21 years. They have two adult daughters, Lyndsey and Addie and are raising their granddaughter Laela. Roger and his family attend Shirley-Wilkinson United Methodist Church and are very happy to call Shirley, Indiana their home.