John Frederick Roeber
John Frederick Roeber
  • October 24, 1939 - October 16, 2017
  • Charlottesville, Virginia

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John (Jack) F. Roeber died at home on October 16, 2017. He was born in Missouri to Stella and John “Fred” Roeber. Within a few years his family relocated to Connecticut. At eight years old, he met his future wife, then four years old, “one of those Hall brats” – the ultimate attraction was years down the road. He graduated from Milford High School in 1957. He then attended the US Coast Guard Academy, where he made many long-lasting friends and from which he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor’s of Science. After Commission, Jack served his country for 21 years from New Bedford, MA to Monterey, CA, then New Jersey and overseas as a Station Commander in the Shetland Islands, UK. In 1970 he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, followed by tours in Juneau, AK, Alexandria, VA, and finally back to Headquarters. Upon retirement he taught at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Long Island for three years before accepting an offer in 1985 to work at Sperry Marine in Charlottesville. Some of his projects included developing a GPS (driving around Charlottesville in a panel truck loaded with equipment trying to determine where they were – it was not an instant success) and integrated bridges on ocean liners. After he retired in 2000, Jack consulted on behalf of the now owners of Sperry, Northrop Grumman, regarding relevant international standards until his major stroke in 2006.

Throughout his life, Jack used his strong tenor voice to share his love of music. He sang with multiple church choirs (including Aldersgate UMC, where he and Sandy have been members for the last 32 years), two philharmonic associations, the local Oratorio Society, and several musical theaters. He had a lifelong interest in photography, travel, sports, and high-end cars. Not so much for household chores.

Jack and Sandy (nee Sondra Elizabeth Hall), his wife of 53 years enjoyed a life of challenge and adventure. Sandy says that Jack’s adventures always challenged her. He was the proud, beloved father of Kenneth (and Robin) Roeber of Midlothian, VA and Danielle (and Kenneth) Wolfe of Fishersville, VA, and doting, delighted Grandpa of Nicholas, Lauren, and Erin Roeber.

The family requests that you please join us on November 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC on Rio Road in Charlottesville to celebrate his life and to then share memories at a church reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in his memory to either Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, 1005 North Glebe Rd., Suite 220, Arlington, VA 22201; or the US Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, 47 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-8111.