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Obit: Roger Caulkins, half of the Caulkins Jewelers duo, dies at 85

The late Roger Caulkins. Facebook/Caulkins Jewelers
Roger W. Caulkins of Caulkins Jewelers died Thursday night at the age of 85, two weeks after suffering an aneurysm.

Founded in 1956, Caulkins Jewelers, owned by Roger and his brother, Stanley, has been a small business fixture in Leesburg for decades.

The late Caulkins was a rocket scientist before going into business with his brother.

"With breaking hearts we need to let everyone know about the passing of Roger W. Caulkins last night due an aneurysm he suffered two weeks ago," Caulkins Jewelers posted on Facebook Friday. "We will miss our strong silent rocket scientist. Stanley is holding up pretty well because he is still our energizer bunny and getting around in the house with his wheelchair and his wonderful caretaker."

Caulkins Jewelers is Loudoun County's longest continually operating jewelry store. The shop relocated from King Street to Catoctin Circle following a major fire in summer 2015.

Roger Caulkins' obituary, as provided by Loudoun Funeral Chapel, reads:

Roger Williams Caulkins, 85, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA following a short illness. He was born in Factoryville, PA, the youngest of four sons of the Reverend and Mrs. Charles Whitney Caulkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Whitney Caulkins, Jr., and a daughter, Elizabeth Lynn Caulkins. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth W. Caulkins; son Roger Wallace Caulkins and wife Janet of Gap Mills, WV; daughter Barbara Whitehead and husband Ken of Ocala, FL; grandchildren Jennifer Webb and husband Dr. David Webb, Brian Caulkins, Benjamin Caulkins, Kenny Whitehead, and Beth Whitehead; and great-grandchildren Arabella Webb and Emmalyn Webb. Other survivors are brothers Stanley Caulkins of Leesburg, VA and Reverend Thomas Caulkins and wife Ann of Murfreesboro, NC.

He earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Richmond in June 1953. He worked as a mathematical engineer for Fairchild Hiller Corporation in Hagerstown, MD for 16 years. In 1970, he moved to Leesburg, VA to join his brother Stanley in his jewelry business, Caulkins Jewelers, where he continued to work until his passing. He was an active member of the Leesburg Community Church.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Leesburg Community Church. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. A graveside service for family and close friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Leesburg Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Ave SW, Leesburg, VA 20176. Loudoun Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared online at http://www.loudounfuneralchapel.com.


Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Roger Caulkins' age as 86 at the time of his death. He was 85, according to Loudoun Funeral Chapel.


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