DAVID D. ROEHR
David D. Roehr, 62 of Watertown and Tempe, AZ, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown.
His memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 11, at the Price Funeral Chapel of Britton. Rev. Terrill Sorensen officiated and inurnment was in the Britton Cemetery.
David Daryl Roehr was born on March 18, 1956, in Britton to Daryl Dean and Elizabeth Lucille “Lucy” (Hastings) Roehr. When David was just nine years old, his mother passed away, leaving David, his father and four-year-old sister, Laura, to make their way together. They were living on a farm in the Britton area which had been in Lucy’s family, and in 1972 they moved to a farm near Veblen.
David attended school in Britton until the completion of his sophomore year, and graduated from Veblen High School in 1974. He continued his education at DeVry University in Arizona where he completed a course of study and became an electrician. His training served him well as he worked for various companies over the next 35 years.
In 1982, David bought a home in Tempe, AZ, and has lived there since that time. That same year his father bought a farm near Watertown. It became David’s place to spend his two weeks of vacation annually at harvest time.
Almost ten years ago, David developed pancreatic cancer. After spending nearly two months in the hospital and insisting on a surgery his doctors didn’t think he could survive, David made his way back to a full recovery. Most of those last ten years he devoted to spending time at his father’s farm. David felt blessed that he was allowed to regain his health, so he could devote those last years to keeping his dad on the farm and out of the nursing home.
David was a Christian man. His Bible was well read and he lived his faith. He was a devoted member of his church in Arizona and helped with many projects, especially those that helped folks in need. While living with his dad in Watertown, they both found great comfort in the fellowship at the Salvation Army.
David was a frugal man. He loved auction sales, not only for the good buys that could be had, but to also pick up something for little of nothing, that could be repurposed and given a new life. He scoured thrift shops, and usually found items that he would use as décor for his own home, or gifts for others. The monetary cost of any of his gifts may not have been great, but every present he gave was steeped with thought given to the gift, and the recipient. Usually, they were meticulously wrapped. Most of the time the present would be in a “unique” box that had little or nothing to do with the gift, but reflected David’s sense of humor.
David was a sports fan. He followed not only high school and college teams, but many professional teams as well. His true love, however, was for the Oakland Raiders. Black and silver became his favorite colors!
David was an aficionado of the arts. Concerts, art museums, and other cultural events were high on David’s list of things to do. He took in, treasured, and reflected the finer things in life. He especially enjoyed sharing them with his partner, Stella.
David was a natural storyteller, wordsmith, and philosopher. Anyone who received a letter from David knew of his ability to use a few, wellchosen words. Every correspondence showed the depth of thought and emotion he put into his writing. He would pour over Leanin’ Tree card catalogs for hours, making sure that he had chosen just the right card for the person to whom he was sending it.
David was an inventor. Many of the things that were used on the farm were made by David. The feed bunks mounted on Packard wheels and his homemade “Weed Slayer” (not sprayer!) were just a couple of his contrivances in daily use on the farm
David was a strong man. He was a hard worker, and would not quit until the job was done. His philosophy was “No shortcuts.” Through his battle and overcoming cancer, he truly became the oak tree of his family.
David was a compassionate man. He often said that he didn’t really love animals, but he certainly had an affinity for caring for them. When it was time to wean the calves, he knew that it would be emotionally difficult for them to have to give up their mothers. Every year, he would choose a comforting, Christian song and he would sing it to the calves as they went through the weaning process.
Perhaps the most fitting way to close a tribute to this devoted son, beloved brother, loving companion, and gentle soul would be with a few of his own words. He wrote the following to a cousin of his, on the death of her father: “I know individuals want to help or comfort so we say things like, ‘Sorry for your loss.’ People lose TV reception, car keys, and at times even our minds. We don’t lose someone who is embedded in our very being. It’s unforgiving but in time bearable. More than ever I’m reminded that life is a fight and yes; a journey with a final destination.”
Grateful for having shared David’s life are his partner, Stella Cain of Tempe, AZ; his sister and her husband, Laura Roehr and Anthony ‘Tony’ Isaac of Watertown and Puyallup, WA; an uncle, Ron Roehr of Britton; an aunt, Marilyn Roehr of Britton; and a number of cousins and their families.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and a number of aunts and uncles.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.pricefuneralchapel.net.
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Laura Roehr, 16142 453rd Ave., Watertown, SD. 57201.