2008-11-01 / Obituaries

Lt. Col. William H. Roley

Lt. Col. William H. Roley, 88, was born March 19, 1920, in Baltimore, the son of Glen H. Roley and Marie Huntwork Roley, and died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

William graduated from Liberty Union High School and attended Otterbein College in Westerville. He married Margaret Van Dorn in Basil, July 21, 1946, and had twins. His daughter followed him into the Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel too. His son, Bill Jr., is an anthropologist of the future.

William received degrees from Long Beach State University in California and the Marine Corps' Command and Staff School. He served in the Marine Air Corp in World War II and the Korean War, and was the Commandant of the Marine Corps, personal pilot for many years in Washington.

Bill Roley was a businessman using stock investments, oil, coal and gas as launching points for his venture capitol programs. Laguna Beach, Calif., was his home for many years until he wintered in Scottsdale, Ariz., and summered in San Clemente, Calif. In retirement he traveled nationally and internationally and was often seen in the kitchen of various homes preparing a meal for his surrounding audience and co-partners in his love for food and dance.

He is survived by son, William H. Roley, Jr. of Laguna Beach, Calif.; daughter, Col. Susan (Col. George) Malone of Clinton, Md.; grandchildren, Marty Malone of Clinton, Md., and Taya, Aja, Brooks and Dylan Roley, all of Laguna Beach, Calif.; his sister, Sarah Roley Yaple of St. Charles, Ill.; and Bill's longtime companion, Roberta Schuman of Scottsdale, Ariz.

A memorial service will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Church of Christ, Baltimore, with the Rev. Jill Dunlap officiating. Burial will follow in Basil Cemetery where the Baltimore VFW 3761 will conduct military services at the cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by Johnson-Smith Funeral Home, Baltimore.

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