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Donald G. “Red” Roethemeyer

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Donald G. “Red”


Mr. Donald G. “Red” Roethemeyer of Richview, departed this life surrounded by his family at Centralia Manor in Centralia, on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 8:45 P.M. He had attained the age of 85 years, 7 months and 10 days.

Mr. Roethemeyer was born on August 3, 1930 in Beaucoup Township, Washington County, the son of Edwin and Faye (Smith) Roethemeyer. He was united in marriage to Nancy (Pitchford) Grathwohl on March 3, 1984 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville, and she survives his passing.

Mr. Roethemeyer was a member of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He owned and operated the Western Auto store in Nashville for many years. Red was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #110 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars all in Nashville. He was also a former member of the Nashville Lions Club. Red was a member and managed the Wizards Softball Team and he loved watching and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Nashville Hornets.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Nancy Roethemeyer of Richview; three children, Brett Roethemeyer and wife Janelle of Kirkwood, Mo., Melissa Kemp and husband Mike, and Becky George and husband Rodney all of Nashville; three step children, Brian Grathwohl and wife Michele of Richview, Sheila Burcham and husband Matt, and Amy Stevens and husband Josh all of Nashville; twelve grandchildren, Tessa, Hannah, Seth and Luke Roethemeyer, Brogan and Jonah Kemp, Amanda Frese and husband Cody, Jessica Troutt and fiancé Josh, Elijah, Isaac and Gideon Sexe and Tristan George; nine step grandchildren, Stephanie Grathwohl, Curtis Grathwohl and fiancée Danielle, Justin and Emma Grathwohl; Brittany Burcham, Danielle Stambaugh and husband Jonathon, Brooke Burcham, Lucas and Abby Knepp; three great grandsons; a sister, Dora Mierkowski of Nashville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marion Towell.

Funeral services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville, on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11 AM with Rev. Aaron Kotila officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Military graveside rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #110.

Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville, IL on Wednesday from 5 PM until 8 PM and on Thursday from 7:30 AM until 9 AM and then at the church from 10 AM until the service hour.

Should friends desire memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Celtic Hospice and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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