Homer P. Roelle Jr.

September 11, 1924 ‒ May 20, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Homer P. Roelle Jr., 92, of Galion, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born September 11, 1924, in Galion and was the son of Homer and Eulalia (Fehr) Roelle Sr. Homer is survived by his wife of 70 years, Barbara E. (Leiby) Roelle, whom he married on October 20, 1946.

Homer graduated from Galion High School in 1942 and went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army during World War II where he obtained the rank of T-5. He served in the European Theatre of Operations with the 3229th Ordinance Company, attached to the 7th Army in Central Europe including the Rhineland Campaign. Homer was awarded the American Theatre Ribbon, and the EAME Ribbon with two bronze stars.

Homer was an avid golfer and organized the peddlers golf outing at Valley View Golf Course for many years.

He worked as a sales representative in the telecommunications industry for 36 years and in sales management positions with the former North Electric Co. in Galion, Buckeye Telephone & Supply Co., Columbus, and Alltel Corporation, Little Rock, AR. He received the Salesman of the Year Award in 1988, retiring from Alltel in 1989.

Homer was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. His professional memberships included the Ohio Telephone Association, the United States Telecom Association, and the Roadrunners International Association. In addition, he was a member of the Galion Golden Age Club, American Legion Scarbrough Post 243, Galion, a life member of the VFW Post 2920, Crestline, and life member of the Galion Elks Lodge 1191. Homer also volunteered with the Crawford County Council on Aging.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Michael S. (Julia) Roelle and David M. Roelle all of Galion; daughters JaneAnn DiManna of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, and Nancy K. Roelle of Bloomington, Indiana; five grandchildren Jarrod (Casey) Roelle, Joseph Roelle, Jacob (Brittney) Roelle, all of Galion, Daniel DiManna of Sylvania and Aaron DiManna of Athens; two great-grandchildren Kennedi and Maliya and one expected; and a half-brother Nik (Barbara) Roelle of Aurora, North Carolina

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his step-mother, Madeline Roelle.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday with Rev. Jerry Penrod, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at a later date.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MOMS Mothers of Military Servicemen & Women or the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Homer Roelle, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • A man that will be remembered by many, and always loved. My condolence to the family.

  • It was truly an honor to meet and care for Homer in the last days of his life here. He was truly a gentleman. His children made us feel so welcome into their parents home, embraced us as family, trusted us with the care of their beloved Father. We became fast friends, and had a connection with JaneAnn and Nancy on an intimate basis. I pray peace and comfort for all who loved and will grieve this fine man. He leaves a large legacy, and everyone we met in his family will truly make him proud as he watches from afar. RIP, sweet Homer.

    • Thank you, Darlene for caring so much for Homer. Jane is one of my best friends and shared with me the quality of care you provided for her father and her family. As a registered nurse, I thank you for the comfort you bring to families as you care for their loved ones. May you continue to be a blessing to all of your patients.

  • Sending you love and light, Jane. What a blessing your father has been to this physical world. I know that you have the spiritual understanding and knowledge to know that your father has never been closer to you than he is right now. Remember the truth of who we really are…spiritual beings having a human experience!

    You will never regret the time you spent caring for your father. I hope this brings you some comfort in the days ahead. May you also reflect on some funny, warm memories that bring a smile to your face and love to your heart.

    The light of God surrounds us; the love of God enfolds us; the power of God protects us; the presence of God watches over us. Wherever we are, God is and All is well!

    I love you, Jane, Danny and Aaron! Peace and love~

  • Homer always treated Teresa and me with the greatest respect. Always a big smile on his face and would “check” (as he would say) on Jasen and Justen. So fortunate that we had the opportunity to visit he and Barb last month. Our prayers go out to Mike and the Roelle clan.

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Roelle family for the loss of Homer. May he rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Homer. What a fine man he was. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Love Mike and Jean Bodkins

  • What a wonderful and full life Homer lived! I am honored to have known him and to have been part of the family. My heart is sad and yet I rejoice in knowing Homer is at peace and free of pain. I pray that fond memories will keep him alive in your hearts and a smile on your face. My love and blessings to David and the entire family.

  • Mike and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Debbie and Rich Renock

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. May God bless you as you grieve.

  • Our condolences for the loss of a great man and a great father. Galion has lost one of it’s greats. RIP Homer.

  • Our sincere condolences to the Roelle family. Our thoughts are with you.

    Josie & Steve

  • Mike and David and entire Roelle Family:

    I am honored to have known Homer for most of my life. He truly was a man by which others are measured. Be at peace knowing that he is probably getting a golf game together somewhere in the cosmos!

    With Love,
    Vicky and Steve Laek

  • Our sincere sympathy to your family in this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead. I have good memories of your dad and I pray that Barbara will find comfort in her wonderful family in her remaining years.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Mike and family, We are so sorry to hear about the death of your Father. May he rest in Peace. Know that many are praying for all of you.

  • Mike and family, We are so sorry to hear about the death of your Father. May he rest in Peace. Know that many are praying for all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss.
    From the Paul Hammond family
    And the Cliff Kieffer family

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to bring you comfort. May your memories stay with you forever. Peggy and Mark Sutton

  • Jane I am again very sorry to hear about your dad. I am sure he is looking down on you and thinking how great you have taken care of him this past year.

  • David, and Family, So sorry for the loss of Homer. He was a sweet man , and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to all of you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss.we have fond memories of Homer. He was a lot of fun! He was a great guy!

  • I was so very lucky to know Homer for over 50 years, as he was my fathers schoolmate and friend. David became one of my best friends ever. He had a great life with great children. He will be missed by everyone he touched .Have fun with Leo!!! Love,Sandi and Dick Halsey

  • Homer was probably the most popular man in Galion.I was very lucky to know him,as he was my Father’s high schoolmate and friend. David is one of my best friends since 1967 Great man great children !!!!!! May he be having a good time with Leo!!! love to all Sandi and Dick

  • So sorry for your loss Mike and Dave. I knew your father and he was a great guy! His memory will last for a long time in the Galion area. Our prayers and sympathy are with you and with your family.

  • May all of your fond memories help you deal with your loss. In our thoughts and prayers.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire Roelle family.
    ~~~Dick and Jeralyn Predmore

  • Sending prayers and the deepest sympathy to the Roelle family. May God comfort you with your wonderful memories at this time.
    Arch and Pauline Eaton

  • To the Roelle Family,
    Homer was a man who knew his crafts and enjoyed life. Homer had a very unique laugh and when heard, you knew Homer was near. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for his passing.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dearest Barb and the entire family, I am so sorry for the grief you are suffering due to your loss of Homer You are not alone as he will always be with you but now without pain and suffering. May God grant you strength and peace now and in the long days ahead.

  • Sending our sincere condolences to the entire Roelle family from Oregon. What a guy and what a life he led and again another example of the “Greatest Generation”. Rest in peace brother. God Bless Michael Whiston & Suzann Kragh