William Earl "Whitey" Roeschlein, 81, of Rising Sun, Ind., died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 2004, in Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital, Cincinnati, due to renal failure.
Born July 10, 1922, in Clay County, Ind., he was the son of Earl C. and Seddona Deakins Roeschlein. He married Marsha A. Ferguson on Feb. 22, 1964.
He was a 1940 graduate of Staunton High School where he played basketball and baseball. He also played baseball for the Brazil VFW Post and Great Lakes Steel in Terre Haute.
He received his teacher's certificate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Indiana State Teacher's College.
He was inducted into the Army on Oct. 16, 1942, in Indianapolis and served during World War II, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He served the 71st Evacuation Hospital in the South Pacific, participating in the battles of New Guinea and Luzon, Philippine Islands and on to Tokyo, Japan, as the war ended.
He was honorably discharged on Dec. 23, 1945, from Camp Atterbury, Ind., receiving the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with two bronze stars, the American Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star; Good Conduct Medal; Meritorius Unit Award and the Victory Medal World War II.
After the war, he taught and coached basketball and baseball at Staunton High School 1951-1964. During that time, teams won three sectional championships.
He also coached American Legion Baseball in Brazil for several years.
In 1964, he moved to Switzerland County to become principal of Patriot High School. In 1969, Patriot High School and Vevay High School were consolidated and he was made princpal of the new Switzerland County High School.
In 1972, he took a leave and returned as principal in 1979, retiring in 1984.
He was also elected to the Switzerland County School Board for four terms.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada.
He enjoyed playing cards on a regular basis with friends and was a member of the Patriot Baptist Church since 1980 where he served as a Deacon for several years.
He enjoyed the many children he taught and guided over his career as teacher, principal, coach, mentor and friend. He had been in ill health for one month.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ann Michelle Cochran and husband, Jeremy, of Rising Sun; two sons, William Roeschlein and his wife, Joyce, of Rensselaer, Ind., and Michael Roeschlein and his wife, Shannon, of Patriot, Ind.; a sister, Anna Kathryn Bridgewater of Terre Haute; eight grandchildren, Neal Roeschlein and wife, Sarah Beth; Katie Werner and husband, Jonathan, Brett, Brittany, Brooke, Emily and Erin Roeschlein; Lane Cochran; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Services will be at 1 p.m. local time in the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 ferry St., Vevay, Ind. Switzerland Masonic Lodge 122 and Patriot Belle River Lodge 327 will conduct services at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Full Military Honors will be conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396.
Memorial contributions may be made to Patriot Baptist Church. Cards will be available in the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's Web site guestbook at www.haskellandmorrison.com.