Roscoe E. Isbell

April 08, 1930 ‒ February 08, 2017

Westerville, Ohio

Roscoe Edwin Isbell passed away on February 8, 2017 in Sunbury, Ohio.

He was born on April 8, 1930, in Luckey, Ohio to the late Harold and Laura (Ford) Isbell. He was a retired railroad engineer with the Norfolk Southern Railroad (formerly Norfolk and Western, and before that Nickel Plate Road).

Roscoe enjoyed fixing and building things, fishing, model railroading, and jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Roscoe especially enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Together, Dad and Mom had a long history of membership in the Church of the Nazarene, and also of financially sponsoring four children, one each in Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, and Bangladesh.

Roscoe was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years: Marjorie (Newell) Isbell. They were married on December 10, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio. Sons: Tim (& Robin) Isbell of Saratoga, CA., Gary (& Pat) Isbell of Sunbury, OH; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Isbell) & Carlos Estrada, Geoffrey Isbell (& Steve Larson), Ada (Isbell) & Cameron Facemyer, Wendy (Isbell) & Nick Gingrich, Peter (& Sarah) Isbell; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers: Marvin (& Kay) Isbell of Monticello, GA., Harold Isbell Jr. of Melbourne, FL; and sister-in-law Norma Jean Newell of Oregon, OH. Roscoe was preceded in death by his brother Ted Isbell.

Graveside services for the family will be held at the Lake Township Cemetery, Millbury, Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral home, Sunbury.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Marjorie and Roscoe’s favorite charity. Make payable to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Annotate with: Child Sponsorship, In Memory of Roscoe Isbell. Send to Nazarene General Treasurer’s Office, PO Box 843116, Kansas City, Mo. 64184-3116.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Gary, this has been a long journey. I hope Roscoe meets his 2nd hand man and coal shoveler, Bill waiting for him at the gates!
    Tears and prayers, Candy

  • My prayers and deepest sympathy. I remember Roscoe from family reunions when I was a child. My grandfather was Kenneth, Harold’s brother. Roscoe and Ada Isbell were my great grandparents.

  • Gary, Pat, & family,
    You all have earned your place in heaven! Not only for loving the Lord, but for long term care of your parents. God Bless all of you.
    In sadness, we let go, knowing that Roscoe is at peace.

    Uncle Marv & Aunt Kay

  • Gary, Pat and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Uncle Roscoe’s humor. I enjoyed our family vacations when i was a child and spending time with you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Ralph, Suzanne (Isbell), Devan and Hailey

  • Dear Gary, Pat, and entire family.

    Betty and I are sorry to hear about your loss and we pray that God will comfort you.

    Even though we know death is going to happen in our love ones, we are never truly ready.

    May God Bless you at this time.

    In Christian Love,

    Marsh and Betty

  • Dear Gary, Pat & entire family.
    Many fond memories growing up and spending summers up in Ohio. Seeing everyone and spending days at your house and out in the boat.
    Brings back many happy memories.

    My deepest sympathy to all.

    Craig Isbell

  • Your families are in my prayers. After reading the notice in The Blade this morning their were a ton of memories that came to mind.

    Tim DeLong

  • Tim, Gary, and all the family. Like others, so many memories of both your mom and dad, and of course the two of you back in the Oregon Church of the Nazarene. What wonderful parents they both were, loved by all of us who knew them.
    How comforting to know they are rejoicing with our Savior. Remember joy is note the same as happiness. Today you are sad, maybe unhappy, but you can still have the joy our God has promised. Hugs to you all. Betty (Peace) Metz

  • Gary and Tim, Sorry about the loss of your father. I know our parents are all together again now.
    Prayers Dianna Yenrick (Schultz)