Chester (Chet) Frank Roscoe, 86

March 26, 2009

MAY 24, 1922-MARCH 24, 2009

Chester (Chet) Frank Roscoe, 86, of Dover Drive in Hagerstown, and formerly of Annandale, Va., lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 24, 1922, in Taylor, Pa., and reared in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Alexandra Chochowski Roscoe.

He was the devoted husband of Peggie M. (Heard) Roscoe, whom he married May 22, 1948, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Chet graduated from Central High School in Scranton, Pa., and attended the University of Scranton. In 1949, he graduated from the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Ind., with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering.


A veteran of World War II, Chet served in the European Theater as a forward observer in the 793rd Field Artillery Battalion, 19th Corps, 1st Army, and later in the 9th Army. He was in five major campaigns - Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe, and awarded five bronze stars.

In 1985, Chet retired from the U.S. government, Navy Department headquarters, where he was employed as an engineering program manager.

Previously, he was employed by Stewart Warner in Indianapolis, Ind.; ASR Products Corporation in New York and Staunton, Va.; and Ampex Corporation in Los Angeles, Calif.

After retirement, Chet enjoyed playing golf and volunteered for a short time at Fairfax (Va.) Hospital. He also fulfilled his dream of seeing the world, and with his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States and six continents.

He was a former mason of Ancient Landmarks Lodge of Indianapolis; Elmer Timberman Lodge of Annandale; and Lynchburg/Alexandria Consistory, 32nd degree Scottish Rite. In Hagerstown, Chet was a member of Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 and Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378.

Chet's quick sense of humor, open friendliness and ready smile will be sadly missed.

As the last survivor of his six siblings, Chet was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry Roscoe of Scranton, John Roscoe of Colonia, N.J., and Walter Roscoe of Exton, Pa.; and three sisters, Stella Rosentover of Kenilworth, N.J., Helen Conyack of Woodbridge, N.J., and Loretta Bouselli of Port Reading, N.J.

Besides being survived by his loving wife of 60 years, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Nancy Roscoe of Exton, Pa.; nephews, Martin Roscoe of Exton, Mark Roscoe and wife, Edda, of Scotch Plains, N.J., Matthew Bouselli and wife, Margaret, of Manchester, N.J.; Richard Bouselli and wife, Nancy, of Port Reading; Anthony Roscoe, Charles Heard of Bakersfield, Calif., Anthony Heard of Tacoma, Wash., and Russell Heard of Tacoma; nieces, Sharon Soper of Exton, Juanita Ziegenbalg and husband, Richard, of Colonia, N.J., and Lisa O'Kelly of Veradale, Wash.; great-nephews; great-nieces; great-great-nephews; great-great-nieces; close cousin, Joan Miller and husband, Ronald, of Winnabow, N.C.; and special friends, Stephen, Sonya and Stephanie Dingbaum of Annandale.

Services will be Friday, March 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, with Pastor Alan N. Clingan officiating. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

In remembrance of his love and compassion for animals, it is requested that charitable contributions be made to Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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