WELLSVILLE - Randy E. "Rocket" Roeske, 62, of Hanover Hill Road, passed away Friday (March 28, 2014), in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a brief illness.
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He was born Feb. 1, 1952, in Wellsville, the son of Eli and Barbara Baldwin Roeske. A lifelong resident of Wellsville, he was a graduate of Wellsville High School, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. On Sept. 16, 1987, in the First Trinity Lutheran Church, he was married to Deirdre Madden, who survives.
He was a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville and a former member of the Wellsville County Club and the Elks Lodge of Wellsville.
As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He always said "Since birth, I was a Boston Red Sox fan." He was inducted into the Wellsville Sports Hall of Fame; was a former coach of Midget League Football; and enjoyed bowling, basketball and fast-pitch softball.
Surviving besides his wife are his mother; a stepfather, Franklin Eoekell; a sister, Bonita (David) Sweet of Penfield; a stepdaughter, Kelly (Chad) Cumpston of Scio; four grandchildren, Brent Bierman, Joshua Bierman, Brady Cumpston and Morgan Cumpston; an aunt, Elizabeth Johnson of Wellsville; a sister-in-law, Debra (Francis) Psathas of Atlanta; a brother-in-law, Darrell (Ruth) Davis of Genesee, Pa.; five nieces and two nephews.
He was predeceased by his father; and granddaughter, Chelsea Elizabeth Bierman.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday (April 3, 2014), after which services will be held at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home of Wellsville. The Rev. Robert Morris will officiate. Military rites rendered by members of Wellsville Legion Post 172 will follow. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp., the Wounded Warriors Association or the Hart Comfort House.
Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home Inc
296 N Main St
Wellsville, NY 14895
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 1, 2014