Donald E. Roller

Donald E. Roller

87, passed away on June 9, 2013 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, IN of heart disease. Don was born on November 12, 1925 in Indianapolis, IN to Fannie Elizabeth (McDonald) and Edgar Francis Roller.

Don graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, IN, 1944. He served on the USS Cowell during WWII from 1944-46 as a Signalman Third Class. He married Dora Mae Meier on September 15, 1949. He served on the Indianapolis Fire Department before seeking a degree from Oklahoma A. and M. College, Stillwater in 1953. Don began his insurance career with Factory Insurance Association as a fire protection inspector in 1953. Changing from engineering to underwriting along with a company name change, Don retired in 1990 as District Manager of the Indianapolis Office of Industrial Risk Insurers.

Don enjoyed many sports including participating in baseball, hand ball and bowling but especially loved all aspects of the game of golf. He volunteered to coach little league baseball and was active in Boy Scouts. He enjoyed music and performing and could be found working a challenging crossword puzzle, a brain teaser or math equation in a quieter moment.

He was a member of Mystic Tie Lodge No. 398, Indianapolis, IN; Murat Shriners; Scottish Rite; International Association Legions of Honor; Order of Eastern Star; Order of the Amaranth; Tin Can Sailors and United Church of Christ.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty Ruth Blue and Dorothy Utterback; a daughter, Devona Ann. He will be missed by his family including his wife of 63 years Dora and his children Craig S. Roller (Kathy), Karen D. Roller (Steven Walker), Caroline E. Roller, Kevin D. Roller; a sister, Margaret Ann Thomas; grandson, Jason L. Roller.

Funeral services including a Masonic Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in Flanner and Buchanan - Washington Park East , 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. Visitation will be held from Noon until the time of service. Entombment will follow in Washington Park East Cemetery, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, hit a bucket of golf balls or play nine holes, sky dive, play the lottery, go to a fiddle/banjo festival, take a drive thru the country side, enjoy butter pecan ice cream or make a donation to in his memory.

To leave a memory for the family visit:

Funeral Home

Flanner and Buchanan – Washington Park East
10722 E Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46229

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 13, 2013