MARYVILLE, Tenn. – William Chester "Bill" Roback was born June 22, 1942, in Chicago, and passed away at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn., on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Bill served his country in the U.S. Army with the 18th Combat Engineer Brigade during the Vietnam War
. He was awarded the Bronze Star
for courage in combat and the Army Commendation Medal. He began his career in the field of lithographic arts, later founding a successful commercial printing company that he operated with his wife for 15 years. He became an accomplished printing plant manager and consultant.
He served his Illinois and Tennessee communities through service on the Richmond Grade School Board of Education, VFW
and most recently as president of the Blount County, Tenn., AARP. He was an active member of his parish, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Alcoa, Tenn.
His determination, strength and upbeat attitude in the face of adversity were an inspiration to those who knew him. Bill was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Susan (Chesko) Roback; his three sons, Jason (Linda), Bradley (Terri) and Andrew (Nicole); his grandchildren, Sachi and Nathan; as well as family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Dorothy Kennedy Roback; one sister; six brothers; and an infant son, Kevin Michael Roback.
The family will gather with friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 29, at Ehorn-Adams Funeral Home in Richmond. Immediately following, he will be laid to rest with military honors in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
under his name (www.stjudetributes.org
For information, call the funeral home at 815-678-7311 or visit www.ehornadams.com.