Ross Roeder
1938 - 2021
Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
2201 Dr. MLK St. North
St. Petersburg, FL
ROEDER, Ross E. US Army 83, of St. Petersburg and Burt Lake, MI passed away May 11, 2021 at St. Anthony's Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born February 25, 1938 in Bay City, MI. He graduated from T.L. Handy High School and matriculated at Michigan Technological University, where he was a founding member of the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau. He graduated from Michigan State University, (He was not destined to be an engineer) and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. He joined ROTC and served in Army Intelligence where he reported to Robert McNamara. After earning an MBA, his career had a remarkable range, mostly in multi-unit retail. He held executive level positions at Baskin-Robbins, Denny's and the NBA. He served as CEO of Fotomat, Federal Construction and Smart & Final. He was on the boards of Morgan Kaufman Publishing, Gulf West Banks and Chico's FAS. Ross was an extremely generous person, both with his talents and his treasures. He was on the boards of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, Bayfront Hospital and the St. Petersburg Area YMCA. He chaired the boards of the Useppa Island Board of Governors, Michigan Tech and the Coast Guard Foundation. He received The Palm award which is Phi Tau's highest recognition of an alumnus. Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees awarded him the Silver Medal and later named him an honorary alumnus. He was presented with the Spirit of Hope Award at the Pentagon in 2012 in recognition of his service to the men and women of the Coast Guard. Ross is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Reilly; his daughter and son-in-law, Anne Michelle (Reilly) and Matthew Frey; two grandchildren, Catherine and Jack Frey; brothers-in-law, David and Timothy Kennedy and many beloved relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 4 pm at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE (masks required) followed by a Celebration of Life at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. (indoor and outdoor space). Internment with family will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery the following day. The Mass will be Live Streamed at In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Coast Guard Foundation, Ross Roeder's Shipmates Fund, or the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.
Published by Tampa Bay Times on May 16, 2021.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Raphael Catholic Church
1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, FL
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Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
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Mary Anne and family. I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. I know that a sudden loss is very, very difficult. Ross was truly a generous and kind gentleman. He was the kind of leader that I wished to follow and to be like. I served on the Michigan Tech Fund Board with Ross for several years. I truly enjoyed his leadership and guidance. Ross actually recruited me to join the Board. During that time we became great friends. I always looked forward to receiving his Christmas card each year with a photo from his travel during the year. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time,
Joe Moravy
Joe Moravy
May 18, 2021
Dear family and friends of Ross, Ross has been a faithful friend for many years. We labored together as volunteers in service to Michigan Technological University. I believe that there never has been a more loyal non-alum of Michigan Tech than Ross Roeder. Ross never failed to brighten my day with a warm greeting and kind note at Christmas time. He is often on my mind. I will miss him a very great deal. I take consolation in knowing that we will meet again when the new world shall be revealed and the old will pass away, when there will be no more sickness, no more tears and no more death. God speed brother Ross. Sincerely, James A. Mitchell, Chair Emeritus, Michigan Technological University.
James Albee Mitchell
May 18, 2021
Mary Anne and Family, My sincere and heartfelt condolence go out to you. I can't say enough about Ross' lifelong dedication and support of Phi Kappa Tau. To many of us who had the good fortune of spending time with him, Ross was a mentor and friend who had an easy smile, an optimistic yet straightforward view of the world, and sage advice. He was so proud of Anne Michelle and her family and he loved to share stories of trips to South Bend. Ross was someone I always looked forward to seeing (or phoning, since the pandemic) and he will be missed by many. - Steve Hartman, Phi Kappa Tau brother
Steve Hartman
May 17, 2021
Dear Mary Anne and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, and we wish you all the fondest memories of Ross. He was such a special person who was always positive and laughing, generous and caring. I will fondly remember his smile and laughter.
Gary and Judy Anderson
May 17, 2021
Your loving brother Tim.
May 17, 2021
I'm just so sorry to get this sad news. Ross and I served on Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Foundation boards and committees together for many years. He was one of the finest men I ever knew and his influence on our organization and many of our members will be a lasting legacy to his wisdom. loyalty and generosity.
Charlie Ball
May 17, 2021
No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing God is with you and your family lean on him in your time of need. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.
Simone Taylor
May 16, 2021
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