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Chester A. (Chet) ROUSH

Obituary
  • "A Kettering Icon. The Roush name will never leave my memory."
    - Greg Glander
  • "Dear John and Jeanie -- I'm so sorry for your loss. Your..."
    - Sandy Henderson
  • "Jeanne: My condolences for the loss of your father. The..."
    - Alan Rogers
  • "Thinking of you Jean and sending prayers for a speedy..."
    - Jackie Osborn Paguirigan
  • "Chet was a delight to know and care for. I am honored to..."
    - Maryanne Aikman


News Death Notice

ROUSH, Chester A. "Chet" age 95, of Kettering, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Chet was born to the late John A. and Laura Maye (Short) Roush on July 23, 1918 in Winchester, OH. He and his five sisters lost their father in 1926, but were raised by their loving, courageous mother. A graduate of Winchester High School, Alfred E. Holbrook College, and University of Wisconsin (Madison), Chet's life work and service began in 1940 and was focused on young people as a successful public school teacher, coach, superintendent, and later in life, a college instructor and Ohio State Board of Education member and president. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards at the local, state, and national level, but he never "forgot where he came from." Serving as a Captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Chet was active in a variety of professional and community services organizations, to include having been a charter member of the Kettering Rotary, member of the Kettering YMCA Board, President of the Ohio Association of School Superintendents, a member and teacher at Christ United Methodist Church, and author of two books, The History of Alfred Holbrook College, 1980 and The History of Winchester Ohio school District, 1999. The love he and Dottie had for family, travel, and young people were an inspiration to many. The past eight years have been less adventurous for them, but their affection for family and people of all stations never waned. Preceded in death by parents and oldest daughter Sally Anne Brown. Chet is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dottie Satterfield Roush; children, Jean Elizabeth (John) Wolfe of Kettering, OH and John Allen (Susie Miller) Roush of Danville, KY; son-in-law, Jim Brown; four grandchildren, Luke Miller (Brooke Olsen) Roush, Rebecca Anne (Brad) Probasco, Elizabeth (Peter) Wolfe-Eberly and Mark Miller (Natalie Crable) Roush; eight great-grandchildren, Sam, Payton, Molly, Jack, Annie, Cate, Tristan, and Ben. Private family services are being planned. A public "celebration of life" service will be scheduled and announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, people are invited to consider making gifts to the Kettering Education Foundation and/or the Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame, 3750 Far Hills Ave. Kettering, OH 45429 and/or the Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, OH 45420. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 17, 2013
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