Douglas Robert Roseberger
1962 - 2021
BORN
1962
DIED
2021
Roseberger, Douglas Robert RAVENA Douglas "Doug" Robert Roseberger went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2021, after complications of a heart attack; he was 58. He was born on May 5, 1962, to the late Shirley Gailey Roseberger and Robert Richard Roseberger in Troy. He was a devoted husband, loving father, uncle, and brother. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Susan Rhodes Roseberger; and children, Hope and Nathan Roseberger and Rose Erno. He was the brother of Daniel (Marguerite) Roseberger, Richard (Janet) Roseberger, and Robert Roseberger; and was affectionately called "Uncle Muncle" by nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Donald) Feltman, Trayll (Diane) Roseberger, Elizabeth (Roscoe) Elsbury and Kristen Roseberger. He was also the uncle of David, Richard and Benjamin Roseberger, Lauren Fillow, Jennifer Evans, Brianna and Hannah Rhodes; and great-uncle of eleven nieces and nephews. Doug graduated salutatorian of the LaSalle Institute in Troy, class of 1980 and Siena College in Loudonville, class of 1984 with a B.S. in political science. Doug had a varied career history, but always in positions to help others: insurance sales with Combined Life, service coordination to individuals with disabilities at Rensselaer County ARC, and for the last five years assisting American veterans recovering from knee surgery as a medical service technician with Full Range Rehab in Cincinnati, Ohio. Doug volunteered for several years as a telephone counselor with True Friends Christian Helpline. Doug was an active member of his church, Grace Chapel of Ravena, serving on the board of directors for many years. Doug was an extraordinarily complex, introspective, yet gregarious man, quick with a witticism, handshake, or a hug. Respected by many for his thoughtful perspective, Christian faith and giving spirit, Doug will be dearly missed by a wide circle of family, friends, and acquaintances. Friends may call at the Congregational Christian Church, 175 Main St., Ravena on Thursday, February 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. A celebration service will follow at 2 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Contributions may be made in his memory to Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY, 12202 or Coeymans Hollow First Responders, P.O. Box 147, Coeymans Hollow, NY, 12046.



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Published by Albany Times Union on Jan. 31, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Feb
4
Calling hours
1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.
Congregational Christian Church
175 Main St., Ravena, New York
Feb
4
Celebration of Life
2:00p.m.
Congregational Christian Church
175 Main St., Ravena, New York
Funeral services provided by:
Babcock Funeral Home Inc
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Sue and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Doug's passing, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
John & Tammy Lynch
February 8, 2021
The first time I remember seeing Doug was on his momentous return from the hospital in 1966. Doug had fallen off a horse and broken his leg. Yes, a 3 year old had been horseback riding! Dad, what were you thinking? He entered the upstairs living room carried in the arms of our father, wrapped in his favorite blanket with his casted leg sticking out. He saw me and smiled. I saw him and my 2 and a half years old memory went wild. I remembered who he was and was ecstatic with happiness. Doug´s 3 days in the hospital almost made me forget him. He had been gone for so long it was a wonder I remembered him at all! What a wonder at seeing someone that you didn´t even know you missed but were overjoyed to be reunited with! The next year, 1967, our pool arrived and it wasn´t long before we were in it. I was 3 and 3/4 years old, Doug was just 5. Even though the pool wasn´t deep, I was submerged. But Doug could stand, tilt his head back and his nose would stick out above the water. Sure enough, I treaded water and was struggling. I was drowning and Doug came over, picked me up and brought me over to the ladder saving me. Ummm, where was mom? A testament to 1960´s thinking? In 1968, Doug discovered tree-climbing and invited me to join him. The lane next to the house was lined with tall pine trees, some perfect for climbing. I didn´t know how to begin, but no problem, Doug knew and I followed. He pulled himself up gripping the pine sapped boughs and used them like a circular staircase. I was slower and soon Doug was out of sight. I got high enough where I became frozen by my altitude, unsure of how to proceed. Doug was gone. I looked up the trunk and saw him sitting way high enjoying the view. He was so high he could see over the house. I watched as he came down just as easily as he had ascended. I had to get out of his way before he could get all the way down. Years later I decided to climb to where I remembered he had made it. I was much older than the six year old Douglas and those pine branches seemed to know that and discouraged me by cracking under my weight. I couldn´t go up as high. Six year old Doug held on to the record climbing height. There was a swing set under that tree that our mother used to push us on and sing to us. She composed a song whose lyrics were: Kitty cat climbed up a tree Kitty cat climbed up a tree Kitty cat climbed up a tree And who do you think he saw? He saw Douglas and Bobby He saw Douglas and Bobby He saw Douglas and Bobby And that´s who the Kitty cat saw! In August, 1971, we went to Wells, Maine and saw a beautiful, huge beach that we couldn´t wait to explore. We ran out onto that beach and into the water and froze! Literally froze as the temperature was icy. But after the initial shock, we went farther into the ocean. I was wading as that´s all my 7 and 3/4 year old brain allowed. Doug came over and said "Watch!" He then travels out into the ocean, way farther than I was going, and proceeds to catch a wave! He dove forward and rode the wave like a fish. It was spectacular! He then shouted, "come on!" We rode wave after wave. So many waves that our lips turned blue. Doug had invented body surfing! Doug was fun. He knew how to have an adventure: sharing what he learned. Doug had great spirit. He searched for meaning and strived for purpose. He wanted meaningful friendships and would give gifts that were thought out for the person and thoughtful and unique. He took pride in that. I wrote a remembrance already but Doug is worth another one. He was a sweet kid with high ideals who turned into a decent man with a sound purpose to life. When I see a pine tree I see you climbing up Waves in the ocean The color blue I think of you You were always one step ahead
Robert Roseberger
February 2, 2021
My condolences to Doug's family I Grew up with Doug we went to Gardner Dickinson together (many a walk from school perfecting his dry sense of humor) and Lasalle together. He was a great guy and will be missed at our next reunion.
Edward Hearne
February 2, 2021
Sorry for your loss he was a good friend a dad and husband and bother and uncle and will be missed by all
Dale Boice
January 31, 2021
Doug was a good-looking blond hazel eyed kid whose disposition was a constant. If you knew him as a kid you´d never have said upon meeting him many years later, "wow, you´ve changed!" He formed a doctrine for life early on. He wanted friendship and so he was a good friend. He wanted family and so he and his wife worked, harder than most, to create a family. He was a gentle spirit and strove for peaceful meaningful relationships. Life was something that he studied so he could understand what it meant to be alive and he shared all this with his children and friends. Doug was a very serious person. His sense of humor was serious in a way that caused consciousness and called your conscience. And while he thought, he enjoyed the people and places and things all around him. He was a collector of everything. And just about anything might attract his interest. When Doug met Sue he knew that he could be happy. He had practiced happiness with his buddies before meeting her and was prepared to begin a new life. He wanted things like fresh air, greenery, rurality, community, and harmony. He found them. He created them. He will be missed whenever he´s remembered. His memory will give pause to those of us remembering him so that we can savor his memory.
Robert Roseberger
January 31, 2021