84, a resident of the Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gainesville, Virginia, and formerly of Abingdon, IL died on Sunday, October 19, after suffering numerous health problems, including a broken hip. Mr. Roudebush was born on July 30, 1924, in Rushville, Illinois, to Dallas A. and Mary Thompson Roudebush. The family moved to Abingdon in 1927. He is survived by his sister, Doris (Mrs. Eugene) Black of Gainesville, Virginia. One sister, Marjorie Lou, died in infancy. He leaves also a nephew, Joel E. D. Black of Herndon, Virginia, a niece, Mary Eve (Mrs. Michael) Iwicki of Gaithersburg, MD, and her children, Michael Dallas and Marianne Sophia.
After graduating with the Abingdon High School Class of 1942, he spent three years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, serving in both the European and Far Eastern Theaters of War. He was a 62-year member of the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381. After his discharge from the Army, he attended Western Illinois State College in Macomb, earning his B.S. Ed. in business education in 1950 and his M.S. Ed. in 1952.
Mr. Roudebush taught high school business education in Bluffs, Illinois, before completing his education and moving to Washington, D. C. in 1952. There he worked for both the U.S. Department of the Army and Department of the Navy as a budget analyst, retiring in 1980.
Don, as he liked to be called, was a devout Christian and a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. After retirement, he served the church as an assistant treasurer. He was a voracious reader, a lover of opera, and fond of animals, especially cats. Don very generously contributed to many charities. His giving fed the hungry, aided the poor, sponsored orphans in other countries, and placed Bibles in the hands of those who had none.
He was devoted to his sister Doris and to her grown children, who will miss their Uncle Don very much.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Graveside service will be at 11:30 am Friday at the Abingdon Cemetery, where Mr. Roudebush will be laid to rest beside his parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Bible League, 3801 Eagle Nest Drive, Crete, IL 60417, World Vision, P.O. Box 70399, Tacoma, Washington 98481-0399 or a charity of your choice.
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