Dec. 9, 1935 - Oct. 3, 2013
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SOUTH BEND - Carl Henry Roempagel, 77, of South Bend, died at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Memorial Hospital. Mr. Roempagel was born December 9, 1935, in South Bend, to the late Blanche (Mead) and Carl H. Roempagel, and was a lifetime area resident. On March 27, 1959, in Olivet, France, he married Judith A. Beamer, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Beth Dinsmore (Mark) of Carmel, IN, and Mark C. Roempagel of Mishawaka; seven grandchildren, Tracy Williams (Andy), Stacey Floran (David), Holly Brown, Kevin Brown (Jessica), Ilysa Roempagel, Kyle Roempagel and Alexis Dinsmore; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Marie E. Crull (Bill) of South Bend, Carol Sue Grodey (Jerry) of Niles, MI, and Ann G. Kovatch (Stephen) of Cincinnati, OH. He was preceded in death by a brother, Vern E. Roempagel in 1983. Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a custom home designer and builder with his son, grandsons and nephews in the South Bend area for more than 50 years. Carl served in the United States Army in France. Carl was a firefighter with the German Township Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years, serving more than 10 years as Chief of the Department. Carl enjoyed dining out, and spending time with friends and family as well as his high school classmates. Carl's hobby was building beautiful homes. Carl's main focus in life was caring for and assuring the success of his loving family. Per Carl's wishes, private family services will take place with cremation to follow. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay Fire Territory, c/o Tim Schabbel, 18355 Auten Rd., South Bend, IN 46637. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 6, 2013