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Nelson C. Roetter

Nelson C. Roetter

91, City kid, country boy, Marine, telephone man, Scoutmaster, volunteer fireman, husband, father, grandfather, and servant of the Lord Jesus died January 30, 2013. Born January 6, 1922 to H.N. Roetter and Marie Roetter in Indianapolis. Nelson attended P.S. 70 and was a member of the 51st Roughnecks. He graduated from New Augusta High School in 1940 where he lettered on the first football team, was a cheerleader, and was a photographer for the first Pike's Peak yearbook.

Farm work necessitated lots of chores including milking two cows. In the winter months, Nelson could be found running a trap line along Fishback Creek. He enlisted in the 16th Reserve Bn of the U.S.M.C. and was called up for active duty in November of 1940. While serving in the Pacific during World War II, he made the landings on Tulagi and Guadacanal, the first offensive of the Pacific Theater; he was honorably discharged in August of 1945 as a Staff Sgt.

Nelson was employed by Indiana Bell Telephone Company for 35 years; he retired in 1981 as engineer. After retiring, he followed a call to ministry where he served as Ordained Minister of Pastoral Care at Traders Point Christian Church serving in that capacity for 21 years living by his motto, "Pray, do".

He was Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop No. 69 where he was awarded the Silver Beaver; teaching all boys the motto, "Leave things better than you found them." Nelson was a member of the Pike Township Fire Department, Captain of Company No. 2, and served as the Department Training Chief and later as Chaplain. He served many years as a board member of Pleasant Hill Cemetery and was a 50 year Award of Gold member of Charles F. Frank Masonic Lodge No. 760 in Zionsville.

Nelson wed Barbara Jean Reidy on February 20, 1949 at Irvington Presbyterian Church. They were married 59 ½ years and were blessed with three children. Barbara preceded Nelson in death on July 13, 2008. Nelson was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, 2nd Lt. Fredrick Roetter, U.S.M.C.

Nelson is survived by his daughter, Susan Melvin (John); his sons, Carl Roetter (Katherine) and Fred Roetter (Missy); his grandchildren, Casey Young (Paul), Carly McWilliams (Joe), Graham Melvin (Greta), Brian Melvin, Allison Melvin, Lizzie Roetter, and Nelson Roetter. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Zachary, Alexander, and Maxwell Young; Josie and Charles McWilliams; and his special friend and companion, Audrey Meyers.

Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm, Monday, February 4, 2013 at Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 S. Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown. A funeral service will be held at 10 am Tuesday, February 5, 2013 also at Traders Point Christian Church. Burial with Marine Corps honors will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Traders Point Christian Church, PO Box 78518, Indianapolis, IN 46278 or St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268.

You are invited to offer your condolences, share your memories, or view a video tribute of Nelson's life at http://www.flannerbuchanan.com Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan- Zionsville .


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 3, 2013
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