William James “Jim” Roetter, age 82 of Kettering, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Miami Valley Hospital South. He was born July 8, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio the son of late William Jr. and Florence Roetter.
Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Elizabeth Roetter; children, Steve (Jeanette) Roetter, Holly (Richard) Herbst and Patty (Mike) Waker; grandchildren, Kirsten (Daniel) Taylor, Derek Kovacik, Blake Gildner, Hannah Gildner, Rick Herbst, Jack Herbst, Nicole Waker and Ben Waker; great grandchildren, Jack and Evelyn and his dog Sammie as well as extended family and many friends.
Jim was a graduate of Fairmont High School and continued on to perpetuate the legacy of the family business, Roetter Music Co. of Dayton. He served in the United States Army Reserves for many years and continued his service to our country and community as the District Chief of the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years before retiring. Jim was a long-time member of NABIRT and was a very skilled and talented instrument repairman having learned the trade from an early age. He was also a very dedicated family man and enjoyed cooking, wood working and fixing things in his spare time.
Family will celebrate Jim’s life and memory privately in an abundance of caution for the wellness and safety of family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to SICSA at 8172 Washington Church Rd, Washington Township, OH. Written condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Jim’s online memorial on www.NewcomerDayton.com.