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Roger Bullard, age 76, of Versailles, Illinois passed away at 4:25 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018 at De Rham Hospice House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He was born February 2, 1942 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois the last of 11 children born to Gilbert Ray and Bessie Lois Colwell Bullard on his parents twenty-eighth wedding anniversary. Roger lived most of his adult life away from Brown County, having left immediately after graduation from Brown County High School to join the Marines. After twelve years of being in the Marines, going to College (California State University, Long Beach), and going back into the Marines to fight in Vietnam, he left the Marines as a Captain in 1974. Roger was a fighter pilot with VMFA-232 in his last flying assignment in Vietnam. After leaving the Marines, Roger worked for Northrop Aircraft and was instrumental in the design of the F/A-18 fighter and the B-2 Stealth Bomber, he served as a manger on both of these programs, and on a subsequent major upgrade of the F-18 (F/A-18 E/F). Roger retired from Northrop in 2002 and eventually moved back home to Versailles. He published his first novel in 2011, and his second in 2013. In addition, he has served on the Brown County School Board. He was living in Massachusetts, near his daughters, when he passed away.
Survivors include three daughters Larissa Ann Boyd (John Andrew Boyd III) of Edmonds, Washington, Aimee Michele Bonanno (Kevin Paul Bonanno) of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Jennifer Kay Bullard of Somerville, Massachusetts. Seven grandchildren Calister Rayne, Jameson Annalee and Kalliope Starlabelle Boyd, Riley Evan and Emily Ann Bonanno and Zia Frances and Muna Anne Bullard Halawa. One brother Lawrence Elmer Bullard of Roseville, California also survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 siblings Martin Lozelle Bullard, Gilbert Raymond Bullard, Alberta May Atwood, John William Bullard, Fredrick Lee Bullard, Mary Annabelle Norton-O’Brein, Rozelle Margaret Volk, Marjorie Jane Anderson, and 1 brother in infancy.
Per his request cremation has been accorded and memorial services will be held at a 11:00 a.m. on Sunday April 15, 2018 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling. Military services will be conducted at the funeral home by the United States Marine Corps Funeral Honors Detail. Private burial of the cremated remains will be in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfuneralhome.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.
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