BARRINGTON - Jack Roeser, age 90, passed away on Friday. Jack was the youngest son of Irene and Otto Roeser. He was born in Chicago in 1923. He lived the "American Dream." As a young boy he designed free flight airplanes winning national championships. These experiences inspired him to become an engineer. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served as a Combat Engineer in the Philippines and was among the first soldiers to enter Japan after their surrender. Returning from the war he received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois. Being an engineer's engineer he successfully founded three companies, the most recent OTTO Engineering, which he founded in his basement and has grown to 500 employees. He had always been active in American causes espousing the principles of freedom of the individual and small, moral government. He was an advocate for education reform believing that our public school system was destroying core values and not providing the skills children need to be moral and educated members of our American society. In 1994 he ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois and continued to further his political ideals through his political action committees, El Suenyo, The Family Taxpayer's Network and Champion News. He was the most consistent adherent to the conservative principles of American self government. Asked once how he wanted to be remembered he said, "citizen, soldier and father." He is survived by his wife, Jeannine, his three sons, Ron (Sue), Tom (Bette), Otto (Min) and his daughter, Jean (Rob) Runnfeldt and several grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his sisters Eileen and Ethel and his brothers, Bob and Howard. Family and Friends will gather for a Funeral Mass and Military Honors on Tuesday, at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee. Private family burial will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, River Grove. Visitation will be on Monday, at OTTO Engineering, 100 S. Lincoln Ave., Carpentersville form 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM and again on Tuesday morning at St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the Mass. Please omit flowers, memorials are encouraged to either the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township, P.O.Box 173, Carpentersville, IL 60110 or the St. Elizabeth Parochial Catholic School, 4052 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60653. The Miller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit www.millerfuneralhomedundee.com
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Published by Daily Herald from Jun. 15 to Jun. 16, 2014.