John Donald Joseph Roehl,
June 6, 1931 — June 6, 2016
John Donald Joseph Roehl, of West Bend, was called home on his 85th birthday, June 6, 2016. John was born June 6, 1931, in Milwaukee to Othmar J. and Ceal A. (nee Hertel) Roehl. He married Elizabeth Laura (nee Schmidt) on Sept. 5, 1953.
John leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Elizabeth; children, Debra (Paul) Nelles, Margaret Buck, John (Leah), Donald (Wendy) and Kristine (John) Van Alstyne; and son-in-law, Toby (Patty) Netko. John was admired by his grandchildren, Nicole (Peter), Rebecca, Andrew, Joseph, Adam (Erin), Eryn (David, Kasie (Mackenzie), Kaitlin, Sydney, Jacob, David, Miranda, Tyler, Noah, Ryan, Randi, Sophie and Codie; and was the cherished great-grandfather of Jett, Elizabeth, Eliza, Victoria, Audrey and Peter. John is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Ken) Kasun, and brother, Carl (Janet).
A 1949 graduate of Marquette High School, he went on to pursue his electrical engineering and MBA at Marquette University. He worked at Wisconsin Electric Power Co. for 38 years before retiring in 1992.
An Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member, John served as the Scoutmaster for Fifth Ave. Methodist Church’s Boy Scout Troop 780 for six years in the 1980s. He remained active in scouting throughout his life and was honored with the Silver Beaver Award in 1987 for his years of dedication and service. John proudly served as cemeterian of the Cedar Creek Cemetery from 1995-2015. Throughout his life, John enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and stock car racing. He enjoyed bowling, sailing, flying, fishing and creating model railroads.
Preceding him in death was his daughter, Elizabeth Kathryn Netko; his brother, Gerald; his parents, Othmar and Ceal (nee Hertel); and his special father- and mother-in-law, George and Elizabeth (nee Linder) Schmidt.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325.
The family would like to thank Dr. Klausmeier, Ben and Jessica from Seasons Hospice, and Nurse Kelly and The Lighthouse Staff for their gentle and compassionate care of John through his journey.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: www.phillipfuneralhome.com or 262-338-2050.