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Marlowe E. Roeser Our beloved father, grandfather, mentor, and friend Marlowe E. Roeser, born June 22, 1940 in Tacoma, Washington, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2015 at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Diane in 2006. He is survived by his daughter Judi Moore (Wade), son Russ (Bonnie), and grandchildren Little Wade, John, Travis, Kelsie, Justin, Jared, and Nicholas Marlowe. Also survived by his loving companion Judy Moody. Graduate of Lincoln High School in 1958. Retired from Gais bread company in 1994. Was very involved with the Model T Club, was past president of Tacoma Athletic Commission, also head of the host program for the WIAA High School State Basketball Tournament. Proud owner of Marlowes concession stands at the Washington State Fair for the past 38 years. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, at 1:00 pm at the Washington State Fair Grounds in the restaurant building. Parking available in the Gold and Red lots.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jan. 24, 2015.
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January 29, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad will be missed by many people, but his generous spirit will live on in all the lives he touched. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kraig Elliott
January 29, 2015
My husband Derek started working at the fair at the request of his twin brother Don. Every year I would ask for tickets to visit the fair at least three times and of course we would always eat at Marlowes. That lasted a few years then Marlowe upgraded me to a picture pass. Boy, did that make me feel special. After a couple more years I was asked, since I was already on the pass list, if I would you like to work for Marlowes. I became the closing sandwich girl and have been for at least ten years. From day one I was made to feel like part of the fair family. I had the privilege of working a couple fair seasons with Diane. Marlowe and Diane made the perfect team. I know they will be keeping an eye on the booth from above. It makes me smile to know they are together again. The (Puyallup) Fair will never be the same. You are loved and will be truly missed. Thank you!
Derek & Tory Hummel
January 29, 2015
Mar (the bobber) you were the true definition of a friend. 36+yrs. I will cherish always. Kind and generous to fault heavens gain is truly our loss!
Ken & Linda Hoffert
January 28, 2015
What a wonderful service. Russ and Wade were awesome. And Mar would have been proud of his grandsons who spoke. So many people. What a testament to a wonderful man. You will be missed by many. Rest in peace.
Jennifer Barnstien
January 28, 2015
Remembering all the good times at family gatherings, Love you Uncle Mar.
Ken & Debbie Wichman, Lake Jackson, Texas
January 28, 2015
We are sorry to hear of Marlowes passing, our thoughts and prayers are with the family. You will be missed at the fair
Tony and Fern Diaz
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Tony Diaz
January 28, 2015
Marlowe was a great friend and someone who always had pleasant word for everybody.
You will be greatly missed.

your friend always Don Rankin
January 28, 2015
Mr. Roeser,
It was an honor to have known you (and your family). You were an instant friend from the moment we met. Thank you for your kindness and your smile.

Love, Julia
Julia White
January 27, 2015
I am veary saddened by the loss of my lil buddy it wont be the same for me at either the state basketball tourney or attending the fair.this hits really hard I think I always thought the lil burger dude would go on forever. too many veary good and funny moments too share .except every oct I would get a year old stack of expired free fair entrys some 8 years old . loved him like a much older brother.
patrick furman
January 27, 2015
A new Star now shines in Heaven. Marlowe inspired many, I was privileged to call him friend. From sponsoring teams in the State tourney, to working on his cars to get them ready for shows, we became close. A void now is in our hearts. Marlowe the pain is gone, you are a peace, we will miss you....
Larry & Laurie Andren
January 27, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Marlowe's passing. I have known him for many years through the Model T club. Sincerely, Paula Chapler
January 26, 2015
A light that will forever shine in many hearts and memories of us all!!
Kathy Witters
January 26, 2015
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Kathy Witters
January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015
Dear Roeser Family,

I must first say to you that I loved your Father. He & your Mother Diane were true inspirations. The many thousands of lives, our youth's lives that they affected in a positive way are absolutely amazing.

They were great role models for all of us who stepped forward as Team Hosts for the State Basketball tournaments.
As a three time Past President of the TAC I can honestly tell you that your Mom & Dad were inspirations to not just me, but to Colleen Barta Hall, Pat Weber & our entire TAC organization.

Marlowe will be missed, but I'm going to remember him with a smile on my face because that's how I always saw him, simply smiling!

I believe he's smiling down on us right now saying to us don't cry for me now because I'm home with my Diane, our families and most of all God!

God Bless Marlowe your friend for eternity,

Tony Anderson
Tony Anderson
January 26, 2015
Even though he tried to take my poker chips for over 20 years he was always fun to play with. What a great guy. RIP ... I got 6- 9s.
Dennis Rankin
January 26, 2015
I've know Marlowe for 40+ years, it's hard to let go of a friend like Marlowe, Thank You for all the wonderful memories, I will keep in my heart for the rest of my life, Thank You for always being my friend.
Ken Stortini
January 26, 2015
Marlowe has been a friend for 40+ years, it's not easy to let go of a friend like Marlowe, Thank God for all of the memories to keep with me for the rest of my life, Thank You Marlowe for always being my friend.
January 26, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to Russ and Judy . What a guy ! My Favorite Cousin I always called him ! And he said the same to me. I was privileged to know him all his life and have many happy memories. That wonderful smile. Shirley (Scheibal) Sparks, Bellingham WA
Shirley Sparks
January 26, 2015
Thanks for the wonderful memories. You will be missed and remembered for so many great activities you participated in.
Joe and Carol Stortini
January 26, 2015
Roeser family:
I will always remember Marlowe as a life-long friend from Jr High though High School. He will be dearly missed.

Fred Meisner
January 26, 2015
Please share your memories and photos on my Grandpa's memorial page too, so that we can add to it as long as we need to. Thank you
John Moore
January 26, 2015
I met Marlowe when he was with Gia's bakery. I worked in a grocery store. He always had a smile on his face.As time past we would run into each other at events,he would always greet me with "Buddy,Pal,Friend of Mine!" He will be greatly missed. My condolences to Russ & family.
RIP Buddy,Pal, Friend of Mine!"
Randy Schwerzler
January 26, 2015
I enjoyed working the fair for the last 14 years.You were the best boss. we will continue your fair tradtions. u will be greatly missed. god will bless your family at this time
chris burgess
January 25, 2015
I very sad to see my good friend Marlowe go so soon he will be missed!
Jeffrey Jenkins
January 25, 2015
Marlowe, I will always treasure meeting you at the Tacoma Dome, the day after Thanksgiving 2007 during the High School Football semi's, you became an instant Great friend for which I am so grateful! You are one of the finest citizens that Pierce County and the state of Washington has ever produced. I will associate the Tacoma Dome and Washington State Fair in Puyallup with You for the rest of my life. Thank You for being YOU!
Mark Aucutt
January 25, 2015
My condolences to Judi and Russ and the other members of Marlowe's immediate family, and also to his loyal and loving companion of 7 years, Judy Moody. Even when we anticipate the death of a loved one, it is still difficult to deal with when it happens. Those of us who knew and loved Marlowe are grateful for having him in our lives. He will be missed. In Pic - 'The Duffers' (our lunch bunch) Al Lima & Jim Jones (seated), Marlowe & me.
Doug McClary
January 25, 2015
It is truly a sad occasion as one of the really good people has left us. Marlowe will be truly missed by a huge number of people, especially his family and friends.
Marlowe, I along with several other friends go back to the good old Stewart Junior High School days; through Lincoln High where we all played football together for Coach Norm Mayer.
High School ended and a lot of us went in different directions and did not re-connect until many years later. It seems that we had a comrade connection that drew us back together.
Donna and I are truly sad and will never forget our good friend.
Marlowe is now in the loving arms of our Lord. He is at peace and out of pain.
Truly we will all miss him and his big heart. Rest in peace Marlowe.
Al & Donna Lima
Al & Donna Lima
January 25, 2015
Shocked and sad to hear of Marlow's (nickname Barrel) passing. Will really miss him at the luncheons. Always had a smile. It was a honor to have you as a friend in school and after.
Brian Bullard
January 25, 2015
Lincoln's Class of 1958 appreciates ALL the work Marlowe has done throughout these many years.
Abbie Alexander
January 25, 2015
What more can anyone say about Marlowe that hasn't already been expressed by his many friends. He touched so many lives and each one of us has atleast one unique story in which to remember him by. He was a generous and giving person to all who knew him. All of us were very privileged to have him as a friend and he will sorely be missed but not forgotten. Our sincere condolences to his family in this very sad time.
Bob Walling
January 25, 2015
Marlowe, if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be married to the man I am. You brought us together and it has been 52 years of pleasure. You are in our hearts forever. You are one of a kind and no one will ever be able to take your place. Rest in peace our friend.
Dale & Gail Bundrock
January 24, 2015
I fondly remember one rainy morning in 1956. Marlowe saw me walking to Lincoln, offered a ride. It became a 'regular'thing. Then we both went to Voc School. Marlowe drove both ways. We played football, a lot of JV games. At the Fair my wife met Judy = instant friends & the best burgers. R.I.P. my friend. See you soon.
Jerry Ramsey
January 24, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Marlowe was a kind man with a big heart. The fair won't be the same without him. Prayers of comfort for those left behind who loved him, I'm sure there are countless lives he touched.
Sheryl Brown
January 24, 2015
Ill remember you and miss you forever Pal!! may you forever rest in peace!!! thanks for everything you have taught me so much!! P.S. They're here guys crank it up!!Thanks mar we Love you!!
January 24, 2015
I love you boss thank you for being a big part of my life. I will miss you so much it hurts. Russ,Judy so very sorry for your loss. Ed Kraft and Family
January 24, 2015
Mar we will miss you so very much. Thank you for your kindness and trust in me. Judy and Russ my love to and your families.
Jenniifer Barnstien
January 24, 2015
Lincoln High Class Reunion Committee, Tacoma Athletic Commission, Club 58, State Basketball Tournament, Puyallup Fair, Daffodil Parade, Model T Club etc. and all the many friends Marlowe has accumulated over the years have lost a valued member of our community. He may have gone on to greener pastures but Marlowe will not be easily forgotten and will be tremendously missed. All the best to the family and those closest to him who relied on his wisdom and his support.
Dean & Sharon
Dean & Sharon Haner
January 24, 2015
Marlowe you have been an amazing friend and family member in my parents, Ed and Roni, lives as well as my brother and I. You are a very special person to many. You will be greatly missed.
Teresa Lovell
January 24, 2015
We have just lost one special person. Marlowe was a good friend. I sure will miss him and that great smile.
Jim Gosteli
January 24, 2015
You will be missed so much. It is hard to put words to the emotions I am feeling. You have always been an inspiration to everyone who knows you. The fair is forever a darker place.
Eddie Lovell, Jr
January 24, 2015
Rest in heavenly peace, Marlowe - my good friend. I'll always remember you, and will miss you very much.
Al Rasmussen
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