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Donald E. Roller

Donald E. Roller, 87, passed away of heart disease Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

Don was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Indianapolis, to Fannie Elizabeth (McDonald) and Edgar Francis Roller. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis in 1944.

He served on the USS Cowell during World War II from 1944-46 as a signalman third class. He married Dora Mae Meier on Sept. 15, 1949.

He served with the Indianapolis Fire Department before seeking a degree from Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater in 1953. Don began his insurance career with Factory Insurance Association as a fire protection inspector in 1953. Changing from engineering to underwriting along with a company name change, Don retired in 1990 as district manager of the Indianapolis Office of Industrial Risk Insurers.

Don enjoyed many sports, including participating in baseball, handball and bowling; but he especially loved all aspects of the game of golf.

He volunteered to coach Little League baseball and was active in Boy Scouts.

He enjoyed music and performing and could be found working a challenging crossword puzzle, a brain teaser or math equation in a quieter moment.

He was a member of Mystic Tie Lodge No. 398 in Indianapolis, Murat Shrine, Scottish Rite, International Association Legions of Honor, Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Amaranth, Tin Can Sailors and United Church of Christ.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty Ruth Blue and Dorothy Utterback; and a daughter, Devona Ann.

He will be missed by his family, including his wife of 63 years, Dora; his children, Craig S. (Kathy) Roller, Karen D. (Steven Walker) Roller, Caroline E. Roller and Kevin D. Roller; a sister, Margaret Ann Thomas; and a grandson, Jason L. Roller.

Funeral services including a Masonic service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Flanner and Buchanan Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Entombment with full military honors will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, hit a bucket of golf balls or play nine holes, sky-dive, play the lottery, go to a fiddle/banjo festival, take a drive through the countryside, enjoy butter pecan ice cream or make a donation to your favorite charity in his memory.

To leave a memory for the family, visit www.flannerbuchanan.com.

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