Homer P. Roelle Jr.
September 11, 1924 ‒ May 20, 2017
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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