Harley G. Roe, 84, of Homerville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 13, 1924, in Cuyahoga Falls to Glenn and Edie (Ross) Roe. At 17, Harley enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II. He fought in the bloody battles of New Britain, Guadalcanal and Peleliu. He was a fearless BAR rifleman and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry when he rescued a fallen Marine while dodging machine gun fire. Harley received the Purple Heart when he was severely injured during the assault on â€œBloody Nose Ridgeâ€ in Peleliu. Returning stateside, he settled in Copley, where he built several houses, and later moved to Spencer, where he operated Spencer Enterprises and was a Boy Scout leader. Harley worked as a machinist at Goodyear Aerospace. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Kent State University. He taught social studies, industrial arts and his favorite, machine trades at Black River, Lodi and Cloverleaf high schools and Ashland and Holmes vocational schools, retiring after 31 years. Throughout his retirement, he loved to work in his machine shop and travel throughout the United States with his wife, Eleanor. He was a member of St. Stephenâ€™s Catholic Church in West Salem, the DAV and the Marine Corps League of Medina. He liked helping others and was an expert on American and world history. Harley will be dearly missed. He was certainly part of the greatest generation. He will be remembered as unselfish and kind.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Eleanor; sons, Dan (Pat) Roe of Wisconsin and David (Sharon) Roe of Oregon; stepchildren, Charlene (Kent) Krone, Larry (Karen) Ziebro, Eloise (Jim) Thistlewaite and Jack (Elsie) Ziebro; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Frances.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Stephenâ€™s Catholic Church, 44 Britton St., West Salem. The Rev. Carl Uhler will officiate.
Interment: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, with full military rites.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Matteson Funeral Home, 40 Congress St., West Salem.