Douglas William Roller
December 10, 1953 – January 2, 2021
Douglas William Roller, 67 of Odessa Washington passed away on Saturday January 2, 2021 in Spokane Washington at Sacred Heart Hospital. Douglas was born December 10, 1953 in Wenatchee Washington to William and Esther Roller. He attended Odessa High School graduating in 1972. Doug is survived by his wife Sue and three children: Dustin (Terri) Roller, TJ (Deidre) Roller, Nicole Roller and one sister Lynnae (Dan) Sowers; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Marie Gettman, a longtime family friend. Following High School he worked for several local farmers. He also hauled and delivered heavy equipment for Walter Implement. Soon he knew being a cattle rancher was who he was meant to be. He owned and operated B & D Cattle Company until the time of his death. Doug was well known in the area. Always nodding or waving to everyone he passed. He was seen nearly daily stopping at the local grocery store for a Brisk Tea and a donut on his way to feed his cattle. Many days he stood outside the Post Office visiting with local farmers about the weather and the price of cattle. Doug was a member of the NRA and Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association. He was baptized in the Odessa Baptist Church and was a member there until the church closed. He was preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the Odessa Heritage Church, 302 S First St, Odessa Washington. .A live stream of the service will be at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6vEX0WmuN-R-CTNCsBLldA/. A mule team drawn wagon will transport casket to the Odessa Cemetery. A graveside service will take place at 2:15 PM. Memorials may be made to Odessa Memorial Hospital. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.strate-funeral.com for the Roller family. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.
- Jesse Rodenbough
- Dallas Diefe
- Derrick Frederick
- Steven Walter
- Bill Bell
- Robert Wilson
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Douglas William Roller
January 15, 2021
Doug was the first real cowboy I met. I was raised in western wash. and didn't know a thing about ranching when I came to stay with Marie. Turns out hay and straw are not the same thing, lol. I really looked forward to the visits when he arrived and when he was ready to leave. It was so nice to know that there were a few real gentlemen left in the world. I remember him bringing his little grand daughter with him to the ranch sometimes and how proud he was to be a grandpa. He always talked about how you were doing Sue, and how you were feeling and how hard you worked. I don't think I met too many of the family but I know how blessed he felt to have you. I will miss him.
January 13, 2021
To Sue and family,
Thank you for sharing Doug with us. I know there were many days that he could have been home earlier, but he was visiting with us. We loved him and will honor him and remember him fondly. Every time he drove by our house he would look for us and wave regardless of seeing us or not. Arm all the way out the pickup window waving like a mad man. I would find myself trying to get into view so he could find me and we could share a wave. I will treasure our spontaneous visits. He made time to visit. That is what made him special. One time he stopped haying, shut down the tractor and walked to the fenceline to greet me horseback and visit. Not many people are like that.
What a Dad you have. What a honorable man. I know you carry that with you too. Please take care of yourself and be easy on yourself. One day at a time. Stop by when you have time. Make it a tradition and carry that forward from your Dad. We would love that.
Its a pleasure to know you. I look forward to your pickup trade visits on Tuesday. Maybe we can talk more about your Grandpa now too. Stop in when you come for straw. You are always welcome.
January 12, 2021
Dear Sue and your family along with Lynne and her family. I'm sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Doug and I grew up together as young boys and we played a lot of cowboy games in our youth. Doug always emulated many of western heroes and movie star figures. It's amazing how time has flown by. As we grew older it was the adventures of farming, every aspect of working with the cattle, horses, sheep & chickens putting up hay and chaff then turning around and feeding, branding, gathering eggs, milking the cow cleaning the stalls and on Saturday's mowing the lawn. Over the years I always enjoyed visits with Doug. As his picture depicts may you always ride high in the saddle as you ride off into the sunset. Many of happy memories along the trails to you and your family.
January 11, 2021
My prayers are with Sue and her children, Lynne Sowers and other extended family members. I have a long history of enjoying the family from the time Doug worked for us on the farm, to Lynnae babysitting my daughter, to enjoying the children in my classroom. Then Doug and Dusty helped save my cousin Elsie Kelly from the disaster the burned her house down this fall near Creston, WA. I have enjoyed seeing Crissy again who now works at Evergreen Fountain Retirement facility. I am so sorry for your whole extended family. Doug was such an active, hard working man that lost his life at too young an age. He was a real cowboy!! With love, Vivian Zagelow
January 11, 2021
Hi Sue, this is Bob. I was deeply saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a good childhood friend and I will always remember his friendship. He was the first real cowboy I ever knew. I remember him coming late to school several mornings because he had spent the night pulling calves during birth. I have vivid memories of a birthday party he invited me to at his parents ranch. Also in high school I remember him saying to me before you two were together that he was going to marry you. I am sorry I can’t make it for Doug’s memorial but I will be watching the live cast. I envy Doug because he is next to our Lord Jesus. I long for that day. I love the story in the Book of John when Mary goes to tomb and it is empty and the risen Jesus asks Mary who she is looking for. The empty tomb of our Lord is the guarantee for believers that the grave is not our final resting place but an abode for our body until Christ returns for His own. Doug is with our Lord waiting for us to join him.
January 11, 2021
Dear Sue and family When I first met the Roller family I was going with Tom. I thought the Rollers and the Goetz' were the best of the best they were so close and such good friends. I know how you are feeling Sue, grief is hard to explain and it goes as deep as your love you have for Doug. Love Jeanne Goetz
January 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I hope it helps to know others care,
Fred & Joan Goetz
January 10, 2021
Doug was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. We wish we were a closer family in our later years. Sending our thoughts and prayers to his extended family. With Love Fred and Joan Goetz