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Obituary: Roger Dean (George) Medaris, 72, Russell Co., KY

Mr. Medaris was a most admired Russell Countian and a member of a highly respected family. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was widely known in the houseboat industry. With his father and his brother, he helped build Medaris Marine' Jamestowner Houseboat name into an acclaimed brand. He loved the outdoors and exploring the trails of Russell County. Though personally successful, he retained a humility which endeared him to all he met.

Roger Dean (George) Medaris, 72, Lilly Creek Ramp RD, Jamestown, KY, died Friday, December 17, 2010, at 1:07amCT at his home in Jamestown. (Map).

The funeral service will be at 2pmCT, Monday, December 20, 2010 at the Jamestown Christian Church, 65 S. Main ST, Jamestown, KY, with Bro. Tony Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Russell Springs, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, at the Jamestown Christian Church. (Map).

Roger Dean (George) Medaris, Russell Co., KY (1938-2010)

Roger Dean Medaris was the son of the late Jo Allen Medaris and Helen Tarter Medaris. He was born Saturday, August 13, 1938, in Russell Springs, Russell Co., KY, and died December 17, 2010, in Jamestown, Russell Co., KY at the age of 72 years, 4 months, and 4 days.

He served in the United States Navy and was an owner and builder of houseboats.

He was an owner and manager of Medaris Marine of Russell County, builders of the popular Jamestowner Houseboats. He loved the outdoors. He was passionate about four wheelers and drew large numbers of riders from all over Kentucky follow his trails in Russell County.

He achieved great success but retained an uncommon humility which endeared him to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Sherita Medaris, Jamestown, KY, and the following:
  • Three daughters: Rhonda Medaris, Russell Springs, KY; Missy Wethington, Dunnville, KY; and Venus Popplewell, Russell Springs, KY

  • One step-daughter: Christy Coston, Liberty, KY

  • One brother: Wayne Medaris, Russell Springs, KY

  • Five grandchildren

  • Two step grandchildren

  • Two great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by one son, Roger Adam Medaris.

The H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel, 2010 N. Main ST, Jamestown, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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