Donald Arthur Roets – 09/04/31-12/25/2018
Macedon: Donald was 87 years old and passed away peacefully on December 25, 2018.
Predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Betty Jean; parents Leon Roets and Betty Waterman Roets Pringle; brothers, Dean, Gerry, James and John; brother-in-law Chuck Hurley; grandsons “Mikey” Wallenhorst II, Larry II and Lee Benedict. Survived by his stepmother, Donna Roets; sisters, Shirley Hurley and Carol Walker (Don), brothers Lee, Roger (Marjorie), and Alan (Vickie Nate); sisters-in-law Shirley and Jackie Roets; children Dick (Chris) Roets, Bonnie (Chris) D’Ercole, Linda (Larry) Benedict, Tom (Kim) Roets, Sheila (Mike) Wallenhorst, Julie Letta, Tim (Ally) Roets, 24 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Donald was an outstanding three sport athlete in high school, winning state titles in both baseball and soccer and was the ultimate team player. He always emphasized to his kids not to draw attention to themselves, but to always work to support your team. He married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Betty Jean and served with honor in the US Navy for four years. Soon after his discharge from the Navy, he began his plumbing career at the local Macedon Hardware store and later worked at GM – Rochester Products as a pipefitter until retirement. He loved his wife, kids, grandkids, and great grandkids with all his heart. He passed on those caring values of how to love one another, while also being fair but firm. He was a great man who through words and deeds, created a positive example for those of us who followed. We love you Dad, you will always be in our memories and will be sorely missed!
Family and friends may call at Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 1040 State Route 31, Macedon, NY 14502, on Saturday, December 29, 10AM to 12:30PM, where a service will commence at 1PM. Interment Macedon Village Cemetery. Donald’s kids would like to thank the DeMay Living Center for compassionately caring for both our parents to make their passing as comfortable as possible. Donations may be made in Donald’s memory to CURE Childhood Cancer Association, 200 Westfall Rd, Rochester 14620, School of the Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14623, or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Attn: Development, 875 N. Randolph St. Ste 225, Arlington VA 22203. Please visit the tribute wall at www.murphyfuneralservices.com to light a candle, leave a condolence, or upload a photo.