Roger T. Getts, 79, of Taylor, entered into rest Monday while vacationing in Wildwood, N.J. On the day of his passing, he and his late wife, Barbara A. Buzzinsky, who died Dec. 25, 2011, would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Persel A. and Alma Thiel Getts. Roger was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1960, and he faithfully served our country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Throughout his life, Roger worked as an independent contractor. A man of great faith and trust in God, Roger was a faithful and active parishioner of St. Patrick's Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister. He was member of the Knights of Columbus Council 12297 and Assembly 938, Scranton, where he was a past faithful navigator, past grand knight and past Color Corps commander. For more than 50 years, he was the scout master for Troop 90, Taylor, and was recognized by Boys Scouts of American for his dedication. During his tenure, he helped many young men achieve the highest rank in scouting. Roger truly loved life and made the most out of every day. He was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan, enjoyed hunting, serving his community and spending time with his family.
Surviving are four children, Mark W. and wife, Marilyn, of Tunkhannock; Kenneth J. and wife, Erin, Scranton; Lisa M. Salony and husband, Paul, Clarks Summit; and Dr. Roger Jr. and wife, Nicole, of Archbald; grandchildren, Tony Benasutti and wife, Lindsey, and their children, Lucy, Vinnie and Louie; Mallory Getts and wife, Julia, and a soon to be daughter; Amy Gulich and husband, Seth, and son, Lincoln; Patrick Getts and wife, Erica; Colin Getts; Kevin Getts and wife, Dessa, and their son, Valentine; Kaylee and Ryan Salony, and Roger III, Addison and Cameron Getts; a brother, Ralph and wife, Kathleen; and a sister, Rita Stravinskas and husband, Stanley, all of Taylor; sisters-in-law, Ann Getts; and Susan Gilday and husband, Bill; Charles Robinson, a lifetime friend, who Roger spoke to daily for almost 50 years; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ronald, Richard, Russell and Robert; and two sisters, Ruth and Lois.
Due to health concerns, the funeral and viewing will be limited to family members only on Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, Jackson St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Fox, pastor. Interment with military honors will be in Dunmore Cemetery.
Although the services in church will be for family, the Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed Monday at 10 a.m. on the Facebook page of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church.
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