Roger excelled at academics and sciences from an early age. He graduated from Henderson High School in 1940 and went on to attend Kilgore Junior College and Rice University, then known as Rice Institute.
Roger graduated from Rice in 1944 with a degree in chemical engineering and immediately went to work for Humble Oil Co.’s chemical division in Baytown, where his work contributed to the intense American war effort. Roger designed three major plants in the Baytown chemical complex and made significant contributions to the design of four other major plants. He was the first chairman of the North American Process Design Committee for Exxon Chemicals and, in 1976, received the Senior Engineer of the Year Award from the Baytown chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He was recognized by the board of directors of the Exxon Corp. for his outstanding services to the company.
In 2002, Roger was pleased to be named a Distinguished Alumni of Henderson High School.
Roger especially enjoyed boating and living on the water. He owned the local Chrysler Boat store in Baytown for several years. He eventually built a uniquely designed concrete home on Scott Bay in Baytown, combining his love of water and all things concrete.
Always a wide-ranging thinker and inventor, Roger accumulated 11 U.S. Patents over the years, covering inventions in production of propylene and paraxylene, hybrid-power generation and power conservation as well as a range of chemical processes.
After his official retirement from Exxon in 1975, Roger formed Wylie Engineering and Construction Inc. and began doing consulting work for Exxon in Baton Rouge, La., and Baytown. He continued his engineering work for many years and never stopped thinking of new inventions.
Roger moved with his wife, Charlsie Williams Wylie, to Marble Falls in 2002. In “retirement,” he continued to constantly engineer and build houses, dams and other structures while working on plans for new and different inventions.
Roger was happiest when working hard on a difficult problem. He appreciated Thomas Edison’s words,”We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
He was preceded in death by infant brothers William E. Jr. and Charles Meyer Wylie; brothers Earl and Alfred Wylie; son, Pat Wylie; and wife, Charlsie Williams Wylie.
Roger is survived by his daughter, Beth Wylie Schultz and husband Fred of Oriental, N.C.; sister, Mary McGee and husband Glynn of Henderson; brother Joe Wylie and wife Dianne of Henderson; sisters-in-law Joyce Wylie of Houston and Gladys Wylie of Henderson; stepsons, Charles, John and James Crouchet, all of Marble Falls; and stepdaughter, Janet French of Clear Lake. Roger also leaves 13 nieces and nephews, who will remember him fondly.
A memorial service is 10 a.m. June 28 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373, with the Rev. Mary Jane Lamonte officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery.
For those desiring, contributions may be directed to American Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.