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Roger D. McAllister

Roger D. McAllister, 71, of Rarden, Ohio passed away at home on January 29, 2024 after battling a chronic illness.  He was born May 8, 1952 in Wilmington, Ohio to the late Artie and Gladys Williams McAllister.  Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Brenda Miller McAllister of Rarden; children, Tracy (Steve) Mullins of Minford and Bill McAllister of Rarden; grandchildren, Addison and Colton Mullins of Minford; a sister, Leah (Doug) Hill of New Carlisle, Ohio; and many additional family and friends.

Roger’s love for fire service would begin at an early age.  As a young boy he would occasionally accompany his dad to the Wilmington City Fire Department, where his dad was a firefighter.  After his family moved to Rarden in the 1960’s he later joined the Rarden Volunteer Fire Department serving as Fire Chief from 2012 to 2022.

Roger was active over the years in various local initiatives and groups including Rarden Village Council, Rarden Whitetail Deer Festival Committee, Rarden Coon Hunters Association, Scioto County Fire Chiefs Association, past President and former member of the Ohio Valley Firefighters Association, Pike County Firefighters Association, OVFA Honor Guard, Scioto County Emergency Management Committee, and served as the first Hazmat Coordinator for Scioto County. Roger also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He had two special hunting buddies and longtime friends: Roger Hall of Frankfort, Ohio and Randy Vernatter of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Roger was a 1970 graduate of Northwest High School.  He was employed by the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility as an Administrative Captain and member of the SOCF Fire Department, retiring in 2003 with 30+ years of service.

A firefighter memorial funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2024 at Botkin Hornback Funeral Home in Otway with Brother Bill Setty officiating.  Burial will follow in Mt. Joy Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1 at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

The family would like to thank Promedica Hospice of Lucasville for their services.  A special thanks to the Ohio Valley Firefighters Association (OVFA), local/regional fire departments and friends Randy Kichen, Joe Rawlins, Paul Conley and Blake Swayne for all their support.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Roger’s name to: Promedica Hopsice of Lucasville and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


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