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William H. Roetzheim

Plant City, Florida

Aug 7, 1928 – Feb 26, 2014 (Age 85)

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I graduated from Proviso East High School in 1968. Bill Roetzheim was my coach. He instilled self discipline in me and drive to excel as a still ring performer.Thanks Chief.

BJ I am so saddened by Bill's passing. I think of you both from time to time and all the wonderful times bob and I shared with both of you. Bill gave me my first job and always believed in his staff and made it fun along the way. He was truly a special man. Give my best to your family, seems like it had grown with beautiful grandchildren! Bob passed away last May out of the blue so. My heart aches for you. Sending love and hugs. If you ever come back his way I would love to catch up....

Greatest years of my life were the 4 years at Proviso. Chief took this 100 pound weakling and coached me to State champion in my senior year 1960. I remember going over to his house for some "Extra" coaching at times. Loved you also BJ.

Chief was a great high school coach. I graduated in 1968.I was on Proviso East's gymnastics team from 1966-68. I was a still rings specialist. Chief instilled discipline in all of us. Thanks to him I was a pretty fair college gymnast at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Il. Mr. Roetzheim will be missed.

I knew the day would come when we would lose Chief. Still, it hit me hard when I read the words. So many thoughts instantly came to me. He was certainly one of the biggest influences in my life not only as a coach, but as a mentor and friend. As a College coach, he always promised us that if we graduated, he would get us our first job. After that, he said, it was up to us to succeed. It was probably easier to find jobs for the education majors, but my degree was in business. True to...

It's amazing how many times I think or do something that I learned from "The Chief" ... The answer to the question WWCD? (What Would Chief Do?) still solves many problems ... I had the extraordinary experience of not only having Chief for my homeroom teacher (yes, he influenced me before I ever walked into the gym), coach in High School and College, but also coaching both of his sons … I can remember bringing MY sons to meet BJ at her school … Wow … What a couple … strength,...

William Roetzheim had that rarest quality of all- always sought after, but often a mirage- Chief was a true leader.
He took a motley crew of misfits and lost souls, and made them better than they could ever be. We learned to believe in ourselves and what it meant to be a team. We were Marines.

Thanks, Chief (and BJ) for all you did for us.

Mike Gentile

My prayers go out to you BJ and the rest of the Roetzheim family. Bill gave me my first job as a college tennis coach at UIC, a career that lasted twenty-five years. With no experience, he trusted me with starting a program from scratch, an experience that opened the doors to many wonderful opportunities in the tennis industry that would never have occurred were it not for him. I will be eternally grateful to Bill for that opportunity and all that has come my way as a result of his decision.

BJ, I was so sorry to hear of "Chief's" passing. I have so many fun and special memories of him (and you) from our tour to the Middle East. I always felt this tour was a reward for all the training camps I went through. His smile and laugh will always be in my mind and I will never forget those 20 minute walks! My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.


William's Obituaries

ROETZHEIM, William Henry, 85, of Plant City, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. He was born in Chicago, IL, and was a U.S. Army Veteran with the 101st Airborne Division, serving our country during the Korean War. Bill Roetzheim was a highly successful gymnast, winning 9 National...

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