Jack Allen Roesberry
April 18, 1949 – March 9, 2018
On March 9, 2018, Jack Allen Roesberry, 68, of Redmond, WA, passed away from heart failure at the University of Washington Medical Center. He was an American citizen and spent several years working and traveling overseas. Jack was a gentleman, empathetic, trustworthy, funny, fair, caring and considerate and of sharp wit. Those who knew Jack valued him for his love of continuous learning, voracious reading of science fiction and nonfiction. He adored his daughter, Jennifer, and made lasting friends around the world. To learn new skills, Jack would teach himself until he had mastered it. During his youth, he excelled in playing the French Horn and baseball and track. Jack was born in King Hill, Idaho, on April 18, 1949, to George Ellis Roesberry and Delores Mae England. He and his two younger brothers grew up on a farm outside of Othello, WA. Jack’s two older brothers and three sisters were already away from home. In school he played catcher for the Babe Ruth Baseball League and was an avid runner. He graduated from Othello High School in 1967. In September 1967 Jack began his journey of further education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. After two years there, he transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. After graduating, Jack, took a position at a radio station in Portland, OR. Jack then joined the U.S. Army and served for six years. During this time Jack married Sabine Biemer and they had a daughter, Jennifer. Jack returned to college and received a master’s of accounting and business management from Washington State University in 1985. He received his designation as a Certified Public Accountant in 1986. In 1986, Jack began working for the U.S. government as an accountant for Defense Contract Audit Agency in Santa Barbara, CA. He then took the position of a Price Cost Analyst with the Air Force Plant Representative Office at Boeing in Kent, WA. He later Jack accepted a position with NATO, Airborne Early Warning and Control program located in The Netherlands where he became Chief Financial Officer. He lived in The Netherlands for 15 years and traveled across Europe. He was an avid golfer and golfed in England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Tunisia and other countries. He returned to the United States in 2006 and served as a supervisory financial management specialist for the Department of Defense. He was located at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., for three years. Jack moved to Bellevue, WA, where Jack held the position of price cost analyst for DOD’s Defense Contract Management Agency, Navy Special Emphasis Operations. Jack and Ruth Delia were married in 2012. The married couple moved to Vicenza, Italy, where Jack took an overseas assignment as a contract specialist with the U.S. Army Contract Command for three years. They traveled around Europe together during this time, and enjoyed several visits by family and friends. Jack retired in 2015, and he and Ruth returned to live in Redmond, WA, where he continued his lifelong learning with classes at Bellevue College, writing short stories, restoring antique golf clubs, and playing Pinochle with his friends at the Redmond Senior Center. Most recently he also took up woodworking. Jack is survived by his wife, Ruth; his daughter, Jennifer; his brothers, Greg and Les; and sisters, Lois and Betty; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and siblings Norma, Charles and Robert (Ellis). Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to the American Heart Association.
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March 22, 2018
Dear Ruth, altbough meeting Jack ocasionally through working with you in England, we knew him best through your busy, mobile, event-filled life together, your wonderful emails. and pictures. Here is a wish your peace, rest, the comfort of those extraordinary memories and the closeness of friends and family.
March 17, 2018
Jack Roesberry had a personality as friendly as his ribs were phenomenal. I was blessed to get to know Jack during his relaxing years in Redmond WA and during his adventures in Italy. Jack was always sharp and witty. His knack for learning showed constantly as he enrolled in painting and writing courses. Over many dinners I slowly learned of his incredible achievements (a modest fellow he was!) (Passed CPA first try) and was fascinated by the tales he would tell of his adventures overseas and his interactions domestically. He was the kind of person that you instantly looked up to and respected. The way he carried himself and spoke to people of all ages and backgrounds will always serve as an example to me. Not only did Jack make you feel welcome, but he made you feel respected. It was truly a pleasure to be close with him. He will be missed.
March 17, 2018
You will be missed greatly Uncle Jack and I am sorry that I am unable to be with Ruth, Jennifer, and the rest of the family while they celebrate your life today. You were a very witty and generous man and I cherish our emails and moments we spent together. Thank you for finding me through a work email and corresponding with me, it was great to talk about the military/government from an individual that had a long background dealing with it. Your feedback and opinion was incredibly important to me at pivotal points in my career and I will cherish these emails more than you will ever know. Rest in peace. Love, Ellen
March 17, 2018
Dearest Jennifer, Dearest Ruth,
My heart goes out to you during this time of loss. There are no words which can lessen the pain and sorrow you are experiencing now. But even though, Jack was taken from you, much too soon, his memories and love of you will stay with you forever. My heartfelt condolences to both of you.
Jack will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
March 16, 2018
I knew my Uncle Jack from many family gatherings. He was always patient and kind. When I was a teenager, he encouraged me to write. He loved writing and talked about writing a book when we last spoke. My prayers go out to his family. We will all miss him.
March 16, 2018
Ruth, Family and Friends, there are no perfect words to express your loss of Jack.
Keep all those fond memories of him close to you.
With deepest sympathy as you remember Jack.
I am sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to you Ruth and all around you. Warmest Regards, Chris
When my arms can not reach people are near to my heart, I tuck them in my prayers.