A man of the utmost honor and integrity, Billy Joe "B.J." Roush, age 63, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, January 3, 2013, at the Ohio State Medical Center, whose kind heart and smile will forever be missed.
On March 4, 1949, B.J. was born in New Haven, West Virginia, the third of four children of the late Billy and Anna (Clark) Roush. He was raised in West Virginia, until his senior year when he moved in with his sister, Shirley, in Marion, Ohio, and graduated from River Valley High School in the Class of 1968.
Shortly following graduation, B.J. enlisted in the U.S. Navy
to serve his beloved country, a veteran of the Vietnam War
Upon his honorable discharge, B.J. returned home and began his training to become an Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer. For nearly 30 years, he patrolled the roads of Ohio fairly and honestly. For most of his time, he was stationed at the Morrow County Post, and was one of the first in the state to participate in the canine drug and task force unit, with his canine companion, Panzer. For his dedication, he was proudly awarded as the officer of the year, two years during his service.
After his retirement in 1998, B.J. then became Mr. Fix Anything for Anyone, a jack of all trades, and he made sure everything was always just as it should be.
A proud mason, B.J. was a dedicated member of the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge Post 206, with whom he had served as a past master.
B.J. loved to go on his yearly snowmobiling and Dune Buggying adventures. He was an avid softball player, playing in as many as two or three leagues a year. He also loved going on fishing trips with his dearest friends, and it is often debated how many fish they actually caught.
One of the kindest men you could ever meet, B.J. had a warm smile that put everyone at ease. His fun loving and jovial personality, made him a friend to all and a stranger to none.
Most important of all to B.J. was his family, starting with his wife, Terry (Styer) Roush, whom he married on November 7, 1990, and cherishing their 22 years together. As the pillar of their family, no matter the circumstances, they could count on him being the first one there to help and always knowing what to do.
He will be missed by his wife, Terry Roush of Mount Gilead; four children: Christy (Chris) Stinehelfer of Bucyrus, Mike (Bobbie) Peters of Johnsville, Jason (Sheena) Weber of Westerville, and Terra Strahm of Mount Gilead; a daughter-in-law, Natasha Peters of Mount Gilead; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two siblings: Shirley (Ed) Roush of Marion, and Jim (Carol) Roush of Caledonia; a brother and sister-in-law: Dave Styer of Mount Gilead, and Mary (Charles) Owens of Westerville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, B.J. was preceded in death by his son, Shane Peters; granddaughter, Kristen Peters; and brother, Morey Roush.
The Roush family will greet friends from 2 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, with Masonic services following at the conclusion of visiting hours. Services honoring his life will also be held there on Monday at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Gary Lamb-Hart officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W
. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery in Mount Gilead.
Memorial contributions may be made the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge Post 206, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve B.J.'s and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.