Roger Paul Bleth was born in Vancouver, Washington on August 29, 1949, to George Joseph Bleth and June Iris Bleth. He lost a courageous battle to heart disease on September 8, 2021.
He grew up in Rainier, Oregon. After graduating from Rainier Union High School in 1967 he worked at several jobs in the timber industry. In 1974, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he was accepted for employment by the Oregon State Police. He worked as a trooper there for the next two years.
In 1976, he accepted a position of patrolman with the Gresham Police Department, in Gresham, Oregon.
Roger married Katherine “Pinky” Trotter in 1985. He had a lifelong desire to live in Alaska, so Roger and Pinky packed the camper and drove up the AlCan Highway and settled in Seward in 1986. He accepted a position of patrolman with the Seward Police Department. After one year in Seward, he took a position of patrolman with the North Slope Borough (NSB) Police Department in Barrow, Alaska. During his tenure with NSB, he was promoted to corporal and then to sergeant. Roger also received the Medal of Valor and the Distinguished Service Metal for an act of bravery in 1994.
While living in Barrow, Alaska Roger really enjoyed hunting caribou, trapping fox and riding snow machines.
Roger and Pinky returned to Seward in 1998 when he was offered the position of sergeant at the Seward Police Department. He retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant.
In 2001, Roger accepted a position with NANA Management Services in Prudhoe Bay as a security officer. He worked a two-week rotation, so he was able to continue living in Seward. He retired a second time on September 1, 2014.
Roger had many hobbies. He enjoyed jogging, riding his bicycle along the waterfront, fishing, hunting, riding snow machines and watching old western movies. On Friday nights, Roger looked forward to going to the American Legion to visit with friends. He also enjoyed going to dinner at Thorn's.
Roger is survived by his wife, Pinky Bleth, his daughter Angela Rae Johnson in Portland, Oregon, his brother Tom Bleth in Sandy, Oregon, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren all in Oregon. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Sophie. Roger had a love for animals and took care of several dogs during his lifetime.
As per Roger's wishes, there will be no memorial services. Those wishing to contribute in his memory may send donations to the Alice Picket Memorial Animal Shelter, 146 Sixth Avenue, Seward, Alaska 99664. Phone 907-422-7150. Also, thank you to the Seward Police Department for their generous contribution to put towards his memorial.
Roger was a “protector” during his long career in law enforcement. He is now watching over us from up above. We will miss you, Roger.