Larry Ray Roetto, 79, died August 13, 2021 at his home in Cape Fair, MO, in the arms of his loving wife and son.
Born October 12, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA. he returned to Missouri as an infant with his parents, Raymond and Dorothy (Young) Roetto. His grandparents, Charles and Frances Roetto, raised him on a Dairy farm near Niangua, MO where he attended the one room High Point Grade School with no more than 28 students, and graduated from Marshfield High School in 1959. He joined the Air Force the following November. His twenty-year career spanned twelve locations all over the world, including Eielson and Elmendorf AFB, and remote sites in Alaska. He often said the highlight of his military career were receiving the most prestigious "SAC Fuels Superintendent of the Year" award, two years in a row, and returning from a year in Viet Nam during the worst time of the conflict without a scratch.
After the AF retirement, he settled in Anchorage, Alaska and on to second career, where he managed the city's Weatherization Program. His superior performance, achievements, and unfailing work ethic were again recognized and he was selected " Employee of the Year" for the Municipality of Anchorage in 1994.
After this second retirement, he divided his time between his home on Eagle Island, river mile 15.5, in the Kenai River, Soldotna, AK and Cape Fair, MO.
Forever a sportsman, his favorite activities were competition shooting, hunting, and fishing. He was wise, patient, highly respected, a mentor and teacher, and had a kind and generous heart. Family, friends and employees sought his council and advice. However, he is most remembered for his ability to tell entertaining stories. He kept us all laughing.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive forever by his wife, JoAnn (Josie Cywinski) Roetto, Three Sons, Mark Roetto, of Anchorage, AK, Richard Hahn, of Springfield, MO, Jeff Spencer, of Jacksonville, FL, a daughter, December Gaffney, of Anchorage, AK, four grandsons, four granddaughters, and eight great grandchildren, a brother, Gary Roetto, of Dunnigan, MO and a sister, Wanda Yarbrough of Oark, AR. He was predeceased by his parents, and two brothers, Daniel and Charles (Bill) Kraus, of Port Charlotte, FL.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff at Cox South Memorial Hospital in Springfield, MO for their devoted care.
A Celebration of Life in his honor will be held next summer on Eagle Island, probably during the Sockeye Run.
Published by Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 29, 2021.