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Donald J. Roques

Donald J. Roques, 76, husband of Patricia L. (Stockin) Roques of New Durham, New Hampshire, died Friday December 19, 2014, in the Northeast Rehab in Portsmouth, following his brief illness.

Born December 26, 1937 in Jefferson City, MO, he was the son of the late Elroy D. and Rosalia M. (Hilgert) Roques. He received his Aeronautical Engineering degree at Parks College of St. Louis University. He was most proud of his work at Boeing Vertol where he was a test pilot for the Chinook Helicopter in the 60’s. He then went to work for Mack Trucks in Allentown, PA developing, crash testing and managing the production lines. Don was known for his brilliantly clever and imaginative mind and love of history. He was often found making toys, signs, birdhouses, furniture and even a very large wooden horse in his workshop. When he had extra time, he would be building model airplanes or playing with his trains. He loved working with his hands and never missed an opportunity to design and draft out an idea or project the minute a family member would say, “Hey Dad what do you think about…” Every family member has a piece of furniture, shed, deck, addition or birdhouse lovingly designed and built by Dad. He was conveniently available and willing to fix anything that was broken and didn’t mind traveling great distances to come to the aide of family, friends and neighbors. He was full of love, life and laughter that permeated every aspect of his life. His smile and laugh was contagious. His hugs were all encompassing and are unforgettable. He was guilty of passionately loving his family and having fun wherever he was. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he took every opportunity he could to quiz them on brain games and little riddles to keep the minds sharp. He was a foster parent to many over the years with his first wife Marilyn with enough love to cover all wounds. His life reflected a Life of Love and Service. He was a lifelong diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan. He will be greatly missed. We are proud to have been able to call him Dad, Husband, Pop-Pop, friend, brother and our all time Mr. Fix-It. He rejoiced in the Lord and is now singing with the choir of Angels.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Andrew H. Roques and his wife Shannon of Ware, his daughters Margaret E. Wandrey and her husband Richard of Milford, NH, Merri-Lynn Lathrop and her husband Robert of Ipswich, and Adonica Racicot and her husband Glen of Uxbridge, stepchildren Thomas M. Kingston of Byfield, and Linda K. Rausch and her husband Jonathan of Townsend, and sisters Karen Wagner, Penelope Challans, Janet Oakes and Lisa Robinson, all of Missouri. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marilyn (Kroepel) Roques in 2010.

Visiting hours are Sunday December 28 at 2pm in the Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman Street, Georgetown, followed by the a funeral service at the same location at 4pm. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.

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