William Roeh III

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William Carl "Bill" Roeh III, 68, passed away peacefully at home in Bonham, Texas on June 23, 2014. Bill fought a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer for over 4 1/2 years with determination and grace, inspiring many along his journey. His life was defined by his servant's heart for others and his steadfast faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Bill was born in Davenport, Iowa, on December 9, 1945, to parents William and Gertrude Roeh. The family soon moved to Clinton, Iowa, and then to Houston, Texas, where he graduated from Spring Branch High School in 1964. Bill attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and the honorary engineering fraternities, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma.

After graduation, Bill lived in Houston, Texas, where he met and fell in love with Beth Browning of Athens, Texas. They married on November 21, 1970. Bill worked as an engineer for Union Carbide Corp. and later Process Sales Company. Bill and Beth were blessed with two daughters, Amy and Emily. The family moved to Friendswood in 1982 where they became active members of Friendswood Friends Church.

Bill was a devoted family man, often traveling with his family across America camping, hiking and enjoying God's beautiful creation. Bill was an avid fisherman, snow skier and golfer and continued these sports throughout his life.

Bill proudly worked for NASA - Johnson Space Center in Houston for 22 years (1984-2006) as Deputy Division Chief of Plant Engineering and Director of Emergency Operations. He was the Project Manager for the construction of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and construction of the new Space Station Control Center as well as playing a key role on the investigation and recovery team following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. After retiring, Bill and Beth moved to a home on the lake in Bonham, Texas, where they joined First Baptist Church of Bonham.

Bill was guided in life by his strong faith and his favorite scripture, Psalm 118:24 - This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William C. Roeh Jr. and nephew Rodney Smith. He is survived by a loving family including his 99 year old mother, Gertrude Roeh of Houston; his wife, Beth Roeh of Bonham; his daughters, Amy Wood and husband Jeff of McKinney and Emily Caldwell of Houston; his sister, Judy Smith of Cascade, Idaho; his nephews, Andy Smith and wife Siobahn of Longmont, Colorado, Doug Browning and wife Jennifer of Richardson and Jay Browning of Richardson; two grandsons, Landon and Bryce Wood of McKinney; his brothers-in-law, Kin Browning and wife Lisa of Athens and Wes Browning of Houston; and his mother-in-law, Virginia Browning of Tyler.

Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Bonham and on Monday, June 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Friendswood Friends Church in Friendswood, Texas.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Nandita Rao and the staff at Texas Oncology - Baylor McKinney, the staff at Baylor Hospital - McKinney, and the staff of VITAS Hospice Care for their great care and love for Bill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to either First Baptist Church of Bonham, c/o Building Fund, 710 N. Center St., Bonham, TX, 75418 or to Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX, 77546 in Bill's name.


Published on yourbayareanews.com from June 24 to July 7, 2014
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