William Lloyd Roub, longtime resident and iconic figure at the Broadmoor Hotel, died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends on Sunday, May 4, 2014. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin on Sunday, December 16, 1923 to Gertrude Hodges Roub and Joseph Atney Roub.
Bill began his career at the Broadmoor Hotel as a service waiter. During his 38-year career at the hotel, he was a revered taskmaster, leading by example with his work ethic and impeccably high standards. He held just about every position in food service, including Captain and Maitre d' of the Penrose Room and the Lake Terrace Dining Room. From 1975 until he retired in 1986, he served as the hotel's first Food and Beverage Director, responsible for all of the restaurants and lounges at the Broadmoor.
Bill's integrity, dedication and tireless effort contributed to the exemplary reputation for service and fine dining enjoyed by the Broadmoor Hotel the world over. With deserved pride, Bill reminded others that the Broadmoor is the only hotel that has received the Mobil 5 Star rating and the AAA 5 Diamond rating without fail.
Bill forged relationships with many, including Julie Penrose who insisted he serve as her personal waiter until her death in 1958. In 1953, he rolled a breakfast cart to a suite in which President Dwight Eisenhower answered the door personally, an era before Secret Service and bodyguards. He was honored to meet and serve many other Heads of State, including President Kennedy (when he was still a Senator), Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev and François Mitterand. Other dignitaries included princesses, movie stars, entertainers, Olympic stars and four-star generals.
At age 20, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. On November 10, 1944, his 106th Infantry division sailed for Europe, arriving in Liverpool one week later. On the very day he turned 21 years old-- December 16, 1944--he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Afterward, he remained on active duty in Belgium and Germany. After returning home, he enrolled at Beloit College. He began his career at the Broadmoor Hotel in 1947, and finished his college education at night at the University of Denver.
Bill touched the lives of many. He had the ability to make others feel valued and important. Always genuine and independent, with a dry sense of humor, Bill was able to hold his own in life.
He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by his family, multitude of friends and Broadmoor family as well. He is survived by his brother, Frank of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, the widow of his deceased brother, Bonnie of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, his niece Maisie and husband Miles of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, his nephew Joel and wife Michelle of Delano, Minnesota, his nephew John and wife Lisa of Stafford, Virginia, his nephew Peter and wife Tracy of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, his niece Katie and husband Kyle of Burlington, North Carolina and many great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gail.
A Life Celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. in the Rocky Mountain Ballroom at the Broadmoor Hotel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill's honor may be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Published in The Gazette from May 9 to May 10, 2014