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Harold J. Roe


Harold J. Roe, 84, of Macomb died at 9:25 a.m., Sunday, May 10, 2009, peacefully at his home.


He was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Knoxville to Harold L. and Merle (Thurman) Roe.

He married Mary Ellen Porter Aug. 28, 1950, in Pocahonis, Ark. She survives.

He is also survived by four children, Patty Berger, Excelsion, Minn.; Gloria (Dr. Joe) Glicksman, Corsicano, Texas; Jim (Cindy) Roe, Thorton, Colo. and Mary Kay Lunt, Winfield, IL; six grandchildren, Christopher Brent Sornberger, Mike Sornberger, Farrah Helgren, Chad Lunt, Ryan Lunt and Luke Lunt; 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Barbara Huff, Indianapolis, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Billy Roe and one son-in-law, Art Berger.

He was a 1942 graduate of Knoxville High School. After high school he joined the United States Coast Guard in November 1942 and served through February 1946.

After his discharge from the Coast Guard he moved to Abingdon and managed the Kroger store through 1948. He moved to Macomb in January 1949, where he spent six decades in business. In 1955 he purchased and managed Roe's Dairy. He was a distributor of Sealtest Dairy products in Macomb.

In 1966, he opened the Roe Boat Supper Club in Macomb and ran it until his retirement in 1990.

For over 20 years he owned and raced Standard Bred Horses. He also raced Sulky horses from Moline all the way to Florida. He was a 50-year member of the Macomb Elks Lodge #1009, charter member of the Macomb Eagles Club, 50-year member of the Macomb American Legion, charter and life member of the Macomb VFW and a 20-year member of the WIU Athletics Club, in which he was inducted to the Hall of Fame.

His real passion was his die hard love for the Chicago Cubs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday May 15, 2009, at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home with Charles Cox officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to the McDonough District Hospital Nursing Services or McDonough District Hospital Hospice program.

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