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John A. Roller
John A. RollerBlockOJohn A. Roller, 67 of Marion, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. †He was born April 12, 1947 in Marion to the late George and Fern (Pae) Roller. †He was also preceded in death by a son, Jess Roller, his sister, Laura Birchfield, and his brother and sister-in-law, Curt and Becky Roller.

John spent his career in education, starting in Croton as a teacher. †He then moved on to the Bloom-Carroll High School where he served as teacher and coach. †His true passion for coaching at Bloom-Carroll was recognized in 2000 when he was inducted into the Mid-State League Hall of Fame, and then in 2012 into the Bloom-Carroll Hall of Fame. †Following his time there he and his family moved to Richwood where he accepted the position of Principal at North Union High School, and later Superintendent. †John then retired from Bucyrus City Schools as Superintendent.

John was a long-time member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Marion and had been an active member of the Prospect Lions Club. † A huge sports fan, John was an avid supporter of The Ohio State University where he received his undergraduate degree. †He earned his Masterís Degree from Xavier University.

On July 29, 1969 at the LaRue United Methodist Church he married the former Paula Fields and she survives. †He is also survived by their three children, Matthew (Becky) Roller, Charlotte, North Carolina and their three children, Macy, Josie and Hayes; Beth (Mark) Reitler, Mansfield and their three children, Katie, Megan and Sam; Benjamin (Veril) Roller, Batavia and their three children, Jess, Logan and Ally; two sisters, Lois (Edson) Hawk, Mt. Gilead; Lee (Hank) Mull, Gunnison, Colorado; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Fields, Marion; sisters-in-law, Nancy Fields, Marion; Jane (Bart) Wolfe, Marion; a brother-in-law, Bob (Carol) Birchfield, Prospect; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 E. Center Street, Marion with Rev. David Hoffman officiating. †Friends may call from 1 to 4 PM that day at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Joyceís Angels, 277 Kensington Place, Marion, OH †43302 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, OH 43219-3096.

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#1 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Paula and family,
   Just found out about John.  What a special man.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.



#2 from: Burke's
Batavia, Oh
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.



#3 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West, AZ†
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Our hearts go out to you. May you be consoled by your memories.

Pauline Oehler
Tom and Peggy Knickel



#4 from: joe and jerry sloop
richwood
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 6:25 PM

So sorry to hear John was a wonderful personn , prayers to your family.




#5 from: Lynn (Jones) Fox
Carroll, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Mrs. Roller and family,

I  have great memories of Mr. Roller as a teacher and coach at Bloom-Carroll. He was truly respected by many students during his career here. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God comfort and bless you.



#6 from: Becky {Ervin} Novelli
Jeffersonville, PA
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:07 PM

༺✿❄ Although itís difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Prayers go out to Family, Friends, and former Classmates of John A. Roller. ❄✿༻



#7 from: Evelyn Ledman
Clarksville Indiana
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Pete and family, I am sorry to hear of Johns death.  You have my sincere sympathy.  From one buckeye patron to another I am so very sorry.  You will be in my prayers.       Waddy Ledman



#8 from: Jack Ice
Orlando, Florida
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:39 PM

Paula, I am so sad to hear about this.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  I will always remember his smile and the sound of his laugh.  He was one of those people who made the room brighter just by walking into it.



#9 from: Luke and Tiffany Huvler and girls
Lexington
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:43 PM

Reitlers and family...
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you amd praying for you all at this difficult time!
Love,
The Huvlers



#10 from: Wayne and Janet Porter
Marion, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Paula,
So sorry to hear about John's passing. We are in Florida and will not be back in time for his service.  Please know we are thinking of you and your family and keeping you in our prayers.



#11 from: SanDee Tidd
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Paula & family I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers & condolences for you! Loved working with & for John! I know God has Blessed you with many memories!



#12 from: David Slonecker
 
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 8:24 PM

So sorry to hear of Mr. Roller's passing.  I always had the utmost respect for him when I was at NU.  My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.



#13 from: Paula Jordan Parker
Richwood
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 8:34 PM

So sorry for your loss. †Praying for your family. †



#14 from: Carol (Stebelton) Black
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:09 PM

tTo the family of Mr. Roller,
I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Roller's passing. I have many great memories of my time in his class and of many football games where my Dad kept stats for his Bloom-Carroll football teams. One of my best memories is of his induction to the  BC Hall of Fame 3 years ago....how lovely of him to remember me with a hug and lots of laughs after more than 30 years. I pray for peace and comfort for your family and a swift journey to Heaven for Mr. Roller , pretty sure my Dad will be there to greet him. God be with you in the coming weeks.




#15 from: victor silvia
carroll ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:13 PM

condolences to the family of mr.roller-he was a great leader at the bloom carroll school-I went to school under his tenure there-he would walk the hallways and sais hi or good morning to the students at the beginning of the day-he was a true inspiration to the students at the school-thoughts and prayers with the family



#16 from: Carrie (Herman) Bir
Xenia, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Paula and family - I was so shocked and sad when my mom told me the news this afternoon.  John was a great mentor and inspiration during my time at Bucyrus City Schools. I have looked at him as almost another grandfather after mine passed away. I wish I would have gotten the chance to let him know I am working toward my school treasurer's license!  I sincerely appreciate all the time he let me spend with my mom while she was working and in turn helping me learn the central office ropes.  You and your family will be in my prayers!



#17 from: Sam Staton
Marion
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

My prayers are with you. I enjoyed working with Mr.. Roller and learned a lot from him. He will be missed.



#18 from: Stacey Stidham Young
Marion
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Paula and Family,\r
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. †I admired Mr. Roller as our Principal at North Union and truly respected him. †I have thought of him many times over the course of my 17 years in education. †He will truly be missed.



#19 from: Pam Oberdier Webb
Richwood
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Paula, Matt,Beth,Ben and families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all!  So sorry to hear about John.  He was a great man!  May you find peace in the days and months ahead in the many wonderful memories you all shared!



#20 from: Walt & Nancy Everly
Florence, SC
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:59 PM

Paula & Family, So shocked to hear of John's passing.  He was such a great teacher, principal, and friend.  Walt really enjoyed working with John.  It was so great getting to know the whole family when you came to Richwood.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.



#21 from: Kirk Sheppard
Cincinnati, OH
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially Ben I graduated with.  So sorry to hear of Mr. Roller's passing.



#22 from: Joy Holtschulte Leiter
 
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.



#23 from: Robin Showers
Marion, Ohio
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 11:37 PM

Paula and Family,
I am so saddened over the passing of John. While at Bucyrus Schools, John inspired and supported me during my journey in becoming an elementary principal. John was always looking out for the students and staff. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to you and the family.
Robin Showers



#24 from: Dick Taylor
St. Augustine, FL
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 12:13 AM

Dear Paula and family . . .

My heart is heavy.  I have lost a dear friend, as well as an admired and trusted colleague.  Most importantly, we have lost an exceptional example of the fulfilling and successful life of husband, father and servant-leader.  As you know, I first met John in 1970.  We had both just been hired as teachers and coaches by Bloom-Carroll Local Schools; me as head football and assistant track coach and John as an assistant in the same two sports.  If memory serves, he had no coaching experience and - initially - little desire to gain such experience.  In no time, however, he was "smitten" by the challenges and rewards of coaching.  We were often darn near "glued at the hip", as our personal friendship and professional relationship evolved; not to mention the close friendship that blossomed between our two families.

John soon became an invaluable component of both the football and track programs.  I came to rely on him a great deal and in many ways.  Indeed, he was very likely directly responsible for much of the success we had.  John's many positive qualities reveal why he became a Mid-State League and Bloom-Carroll Hall of Fame Coach, as well as an exceptional teacher and administrator.

Even more impressive and noteworthy, perhaps, was John's demeanor and outlook over these past few years, as his health declined and he contracted one serious illness or health condition after another.  Never have I seen someone with so many health issues be so continuously positive, not to mention uplifting to others.  I shall miss him greatly, as will you; our blessed memories to console us.

Dick Taylor



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#26 from: Cindy Botkins Dye
Richwood,Ohio
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 5:43 AM

So sorry for your loss. Both my neighbor & principal while at North Union. Spent some time in Mr. Rollers office...he was great about calming me down and keeping my out of any trouble I may be considering. After he consoled me he would then call my mom to let her know all was well.  Thoughts & prayers!



#27 from: Rick and Winona Asher
 
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 8:14 AM

Our prayers are with the family John will be missed



#28 from: Bob and Carolyn Howald
Richwood
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:01 AM

So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great neighbor and friend. Will miss his smiling face. Prayers go out to all the family.




#29 from: Dave and Judi Gast
 
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM

We are sorry to hear about John's passing. Our thoughts are with his family during these difficult times.




#30 from: Terry Taylor
Cincinnati
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:09 AM

My sympathy and condolences for Mr. Roller.  I enjoyed the lunches I had with Mr. and Mrs. Roller when his son, Ben, and I flew up to Marion as part of our FAA training.



#31 from: Anne Parrott Crabtree
Richwood
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Matt and family,  I'm sorry to hear of your loss.  Prayers to you and your family.



#32 from: Paul R. Stepleton
Clearwater, Beach Fla
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Bloom Carroll class of 1975 Mr. Roller what a great Man and Coach, Teacher. He made a big difference in my life



#33 from: Lynn Clay
Nevada, Ohio
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Although, I did not know John, My deepest sympathy and continued prayers be for Paula and his family. May God be your comfort during this time.



#34 from: Kay Pakula
Marion Area Counseling Center
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:12 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



#35 from: Mary Y. Lee
Marion, OH
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM

I am sending my sympathy to Paula and her family for the loss of her husband John.  It has been a long rocky road for all of you, take care of yourself.



#36 from: Heather (Gray) Reed
 
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Dear Roller family - My deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Roller.  I remember him as my principal at North Union High School.  He was a great principal and always there for his students.



#37 from: Don Knaur
Fostoria, Oh
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Paula, sorry to read of John's passing and glad to read your Mother is still with us here as well as in your cousin's books. I think the last time I talked to John was at Emil's roast but I know he was happy with his life at that time. Let me know if there's anything I could help you with.

Sincerely,

Don Knaur



#38 from: Dr Jim Lahoski
Tiffin, OH
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM

My sympathy to the Roller family.  John was always one of my favorite people and will be missed.



#39 from: CJ Williams
 
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:09 PM

You all are in our prayers and thoughts.  

CJ Williams



#40 from: Judy Hall Watson
Marysville
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM

My condolences to the family, John will be greatly missed. So sorry for the loss. Thoughts and Prayers to everyone.



#41 from: brian holstein
washington courthouse ohio
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Matt & family am sorry for your loss he was a good man. Spent time in his office as well most the time because i was in trouble but he was always there if u needed someone to just talk to. You are in our thoughts & prayers



#42 from: Joan and  Joel Scott
431  Hays Ave.  Ada, Ohio 45810
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Paula and your family!



#43 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Russells Point, Oh but in Florida for a few more weeks
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 5:21 PM

John was so very good to me at the time of my husband, Dan's death in 1993.  A great man and administrator.  I am so sorry for your lose.  Pat Kyle Beatley



#44 from: David Simmons
Morrow, OH
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 6:28 PM

To Ben and family, my co worker and friend, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family our in my prayers.

David and Kimberly



#45 from: Doug beeny
richwood ohio
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Matt so sorry for your loss prayers to you and your entire family



#46 from: Stephen Kish
Atlanta
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:33 PM

My heart goes out to the Roller and extended Roller family. You are all lucky to have known such a great man.



#47 from: Michael Ballinger
Gardnerville, Nevada
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:25 PM

My deep felt condolences Paula and family.  I knew John most as a football teammate in the mid-60's at Elgin.  He was the ultimate teammate - hard working, passionate and "tough" in a very positive way.  I loved John's approach to the game and his selfless attitude.  God Speed John in the next game.



#48 from: Carroll Dix Bosse
Worthington, Oh
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

Paula and family,
So sorry to hear of Johns passing.  Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.  

Sincerely,
Carroll



#49 from: Vicki Hawk
Galion
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 11:53 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I always liked John and considered him my uncle. He was a good man.



#50 from: Michelle Morris
Charlotte, NC
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM

Dear Roller family-I thought by now I'd have some words that could make sense of John's passing and what you all must be feeling.  But, there aren't any words.  The best I can put together is how sorry and sad I am for you all.  John was a hero to so many and will be greatly missed.  My deepest, heartfelt sympathy reaches out to all of you.  I hope you all are able to find some peace and are able to continue on with John in your hearts.  What a brave man for all he has gone through and what a lucky and blessed man he was having such a loving, caring family and friends.  We are all left here to carry on his legacy.
May John have eternal peace and happiness in heaven....and watch over us all as a guardian angel.  That's what he would want, I think.
May God be with you all in this sorrowful time.
Love,
Michelle




#51 from: Steve Engle
Columbus, OH
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss, Matt.  All the best to you and all of your family - thinking about you all.



#52 from: Rebecca George
Richwood, Ohio
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:56 AM

Paula and family,
    So sorry -  may God walk with you at this difficult time.
                     Becky George



#53 from: Rita Headington Parker
Richwood, OH  43344
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

John was a dedicated educator, truly a gentle man, and a friend.  Always treasure your special memories.  With sincere sympathy, Rita Headington Parker, Elgin School District 1965 - 1996.



#54 from: Dave Imlay
Zanesville, Ohio
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM

my thoughts and prayers to you all.



#55 from: David VanBrimmer
Pell City Alabama
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Ben I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers. John was Mr. Roller to me and always will be. Paula I still appreciate you and John opening your home to me growing up. Because of that I have a lot of great memories being a kid.
David, Gloria, KJ, and Hanna



#56 from: Terri Harlan
Lancaster OH
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Paula and family, I was so saddened to hear of John's passing.  I remember him from over 30 years ago at Big Bear in Lancaster.  He was a very sweet man, and I am sure he will be deeply missed.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  God bless you all.  Sincerely, Terri Harlan



#57 from: Dr. Joseph Shadeed
Bucyrus, OH
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Paula,
I'm very sorry to learn of John's passing.  While on the Bucyrus School Board, I had the opportunity to work with three superintendents.  John was by far my favorite.  His academic expertise, fiscal leadership, and management style were superb.  We played golf together and once made a trip to the Memorial Golf Tournament.  I always enjoyed John's company when at work or during more relaxed times.  Sorry I can't be there, but please accept my sincere sympathy.



#58 from: Kevin Dixon
 
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 5:24 PM

John was my coach at Bloom-Carroll ., from 1973 a 1976.  He taught me a lot about football and team work., which I have carried throughout my life.

Thought and prayers are with your family.



#59 from: ROGER WALKER
CARROLL
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Mr. Roller was such an influence on my life. He was my football/track coach for 4 years at Bloom Carroll. As one of football captains he showed that leading by example was more important than words. I was a student helper for him as guidance counselor. We shared a lot of time in my high school years. All good memories from Matt being the ball boy, the team picnics, being a Rolleraid, running errands but most of all was practice. Mr. Roller never accepted mediocrity from us, no excuses and to take personal responsibility. He helped to shape many of us into the men we became.
God made a special person in Mr. Roller and "John" used his abilities God gave him so that many youth would be influenced in a spectacular way.
With tears of sadness and joy. I am truly blessed to have had you as a coach and mentor Mr. Roller. We hugged at your induction and will hug again in heaven. God has a new Angel
Prayers of comfort for your family.
Roger Walker 1978 graduate Bloom Carroll  



#60 from: David and Nancy Wiley
Richwood
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 8:05 AM

Paula and family,
We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  I have such great memories of a wonderful administrator.  One that you could talk to and one that would listen.  I am so blessed to have worked under John during his time at North Union.  He was not only an administrator but a good friend.  He was my all time favorite.  He will be greatly missed, but the memories will go on for a lifetime.  Thanks John for all you were and for all you did.  God Bless.



#61 from: David and Nancy Wiley
Richwood
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 8:05 AM

Paula and family,
We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  I have such great memories of a wonderful administrator.  One that you could talk to and one that would listen.  I am so blessed to have worked under John during his time at North Union.  He was not only an administrator but a good friend.  He was my all time favorite.  He will be greatly missed, but the memories will go on for a lifetime.  Thanks John for all you were and for all you did.  God Bless.



#62 from: tiffany
ohio
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Im sorry for your loss. God knows the pain we go through  when we lose somebody in death thats why he gaves us some promises that will comfort you im sure of. Wouldnt it be wonderful if you got to see your loved ones again well john 5 :28,29 gives us the reassurance  that we will, god will resurrect those who passed away. Isnt that a very loving encouraging promise from god.



#63 from: Laura Bade-Limbach
indianapolis, Indiana
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM

Lois,

     May your many cherished memories of your brother be of comfort to you at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



#64 from: Jacqueline
Schenectady, NY
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 7:15 PM

My condolence to the family and friends of John.
The loss of our loved one is always heart wrenching and painful.
Please find comfort from the book she loved so much in the promise stated at Isaiah 25 verse 8.




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