Chester L. Roof

ALLIANCE – Chester L. Roof, 95, passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Alliance Community Hospital. He collapsed while walking on an errand at Copeland Oaks, his home of three years.

Born in Sherrodsville, Ohio, the son of the late Alfred Loy and Catherine Flo (Sharp) Roof, Chet was a graduate of Dellroy High School.

At Ohio State University, he earned a B.S. Agriculture degree, was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and played on the Varsity Polo Team. He was an avid supporter of OSU football and made the frequent pilgrimage to Buckeye Stadium until late in life.

After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a flight instructor. Soon after war’s end, in 1948, Chet moved the family to Salem to begin a career he loved until retirement 34 years later-making loans to local businesses, farmers, and home owners as vice president of the Farmers National Bank and later Bank One.

Chet’s civic and professional affiliations included member and past president of the Ohio Bankers Association, member and past president of Salem Kiwanis Club, member of the Salem Zoning Board and member and past president of the Salem Golf Club.

His wife, Irene (Jones) Roof, preceded him in death Aug. 22, 2003.

Survivors include a son, Gary Roof of Wellesley, Mass.; a daughter, Pat Ellenwood and husband Stephan of Wellesley, Mass.; granddaughters, Heather Elliott and Amanda Ellenwood (Omar Elorch); and great-granddaughter, Kira Elliott.

Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, followed by services at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Meta Cramer officiating and a luncheon served thereafter in the fellowship hall. A private burial service will take place at Westview Cemetery in Carrollton on Friday.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Endowment Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 436 E. Second St., Salem, Ohio 44460.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

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