Obituary for Ralph W. Roseboro
Ralph W. Roseboro, of Reinholds, formerly of Denver, died at home, of esophageal cancer, Saturday, February 17, 2018, after being diagnosed with less than 2 weeks ago. Born October 1, 1938, in Lancaster, son of the late E. Louis and Elva K. (Mellinger) Roseboro. He was the beloved husband of Ann (Myer) Roseboro. On July 10, 2017, they celebrated their 52nd anniversary.
Ralph was a graduate of Cocalico High School Class of 1956, where he played basketball and football and received the Alumni Athletic Award. He attended Penn State for 2 years and graduated from Eckel's School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, where he received the Dean's award. Until 2010, he was associated with the Roseboro Funeral Home in Denver. He was a lifelong member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Denver, where he formerly served as secretary of church council, and recently as a communion assistant and helper at the Church's Peter's Porch program. He was a member for 50 plus years of Ephrata Lodge #665 FandAM, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, the Reading Consistory, the Rajah Temple Shrine, and a member at large of the Denver Lion's Club, where he received Lion of the year and the Melvin Jones award. Ralph was a former member of the Fulton Bank (Denver branch) Advisory Board and also the Adamstown Area Library Board of Trustees. For several years he also helped deliver Meals on Wheels. He was in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. He enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially cruises. In fact they had just returned 2 weeks ago from a month long Panama Canal Cruise. A cottage along the Susquehanna River brought him and his family 20 years of enjoyment. The many years he got up at 6 am to drink coffee and play Fact or Crap at Green Lawn Garage with Day, Eddie, Jim, Mitch and June, are cherished memories.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Michael A. and a daughter, Melissa A., wife of Dr. John Voler; 7 grandchildren, R. Samuel, husband of Kyla, Rachel, Noah and Stella Roseboro and Rebecca, Olivia and Kathryn Voler; 2 great-granddaughters, Kinley and Kayana; and 3 nephews, Dan and David Roseboro, and Erik Snyder. He was predeceased by a brother, Harry M. Roseboro and a sister, Mary Ann Snyder.
He loved his whole family, but his grandchildren brought him a unique joy and they loved his "sneaky" sense of humor and especially the rhymes he taught them.
There will be no viewing, but the family will receive friends on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver. An additional visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24th, from 9:30 to 11:00 am, at the Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 357 Walnut Street, Denver. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am, with Reverend Joseph A. Veres officiating. Interment will take place in the Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ralph's memory may be made to Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Peter's Porch, 537 Walnut St., Denver, PA 17517 or to the Friends of the Adamstown Area Library, 3000 N. Reading Road, Adamstown, PA 19501.
Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.