John Roehm

Born: Wed., Dec. 18, 1940
Died: Fri., Aug. 14, 2020


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 18, 2020
Location: Frist Funeral Home

Funeral Service

5:00 PM Tue., Aug. 18, 2020
Location: Frist Funeral Home

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Surrounded by family, John Roehm passed away peacefully at his home in Clinton, Indiana on Friday, August 14, 2020. He was 79.

John was born December 18, 1940 at St. Anthony Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana to Mary Katherine Fawley Roehm and Paul Thomas Roehm.  John grew up on South Sixth Street in Terre Haute alongside many cousins and friends whom he remained close with his entire life.   As a student, John was a Catholic Students’ Mission Crusade representative and a member of the Glee Club.   At the early age of 16, he became a budding pilot learning to fly at Paul Cox Field in Terre Haute in exchange for performing odd jobs around the airport. He was a 1958 graduate of Paul C. Schulte High School in Terre Haute, IN.    In 1971, he was married to Toni LaVerda. Together, they raised four children.

After serving four years in the Army National Guard and stints of employment at Oakley Drug Store and then Wadsworth Heating and Cooling, he struck up a friendship with Herman White of White Excavating (now known as White Construction) while giving him flight school training at Sky King Airport. Their special bond brought John to Clinton in 1964 and White Construction, where he worked for 50 years. As a vice president and chief estimator, he helped oversee White’s involvement in key infrastructure and industrial projects throughout the Wabash Valley over the years, including the construction of Clinton’s Eli Lilly plant, Newport’s Inland Container Plant, and numerous projects at the Newport Army Ammunition Plant. John’s success in life and business came from his knack for treating and dealing with people and the smile that seemed to always be on his face.   His relationships with friends, coworkers and close business associates were as important to him as family.    Throughout his life, he served with or belonged to various organizations such as the Civil Air Patrol, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157, Wabash Valley Archaeological Society, the Hillsdale Indiana Water Board, and the Friday the 13th “Last Man’s Club” organized by Sonny Carey. He was a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as well as a member of EAA chapter 83 (Terre Haute), and a member of the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA) and its Indiana Chapter, where he served as Treasurer during the 1980s.

A man of many hobbies, John was a licensed pilot passionate about aviation who helped foster a local aviation community by contributing to the creation of the Clinton Airport.    John and Toni were ultimately part owner’s of Clinton Aviation, Inc which via the GI Bill provided flight training at the Clinton Airport to many local residents in the 1970s.   He also loved tinkering with model trains and restoring antique cars and planes, including a vintage Ford Model A and a 1941 Waco UPF-7 biplane. John took up beekeeping in retirement, maintaining 15 hives on his property and bottling his own honey. He also collaborated with the community’s 4-H organization, mentoring a number of children in the practice of beekeeping. On Friday mornings, he’d meet with his old coworkers from White and close friends to eat breakfast and talk shop. Dating back to his memorable trips with Herman to races at Daytona and Pocono among others, he remained a lifetime fan of the NASCAR and the IndyCar series.

John was passionate about nature throughout his life. In the early 2000s, he received a grant to help restore Indiana’s native prairie grasslands and wildflowers on his property, where he could often be found feeding the birds and hunting mushrooms.

He is survived by his wife, Toni Roehm; four children, John Paul (Sarah Roehm), Jeremy, Jason (Angie Roehm), and Jennifer (Randall Colburn); eight grandchildren, Sadie Jarrett, Josh, Ashlyn, Kadence, Addison, Frances, and Jackson; a sister, Anne (Larry DeCamp); a brother, Tom (Florence Roehm); and several nieces and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in John’s memory to Glioblastoma Foundation or the PS We Love You Fund to fight childhood cancers.   Contributions maybe arranged through the Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 2 to 5 pm at  Frist Funeral Home.  Funeral service will follow at 5 pm at the funeral home.

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Wyres Family
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
Knowing John for many years he was truly a great man and I had many discussions with him as I was learning to fly my self at the Clinton airport. He will be missed by many.
Our families thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Charlie Goggin
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
You can’t know how much I ache for your loss. I never met him or talked to him. My heart soared when we reconnected in Clinton after so many years went by. I am here to do whatever I can but won’t know what I can do until you tell me.

Im sorry.

Lew and Charla Peery
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
So very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such a nice man and we always enjoyed visiting with him whenever we saw him. He was interested in radio controlled planes, as we had had.We met John when John Paul and Eric played baseball as kids. You will have so very many happy memories, dwell on those instead of harder times. We will pray for your comfort and peace through this hard time.

Larry and Ramona
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
Toni and Family—so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a special man. Will always remember good times with all of you. Our love to all, and we are so sorry we are unable to be there.

Blake Wireman
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020

Large Spathiphyllum was sent by Kim Ingram.

Our Deepest Condolences on your loss. May you find Peace and Comfort in your time of Mourning . Your Friends at South Bend (St.Joseph) Solar .

Kenn Davis
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
Just knowing and working with John was a great honor. We will miss his vast knowledge and warm heart.

Arlene Mayes
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
Love and prayers to you all. John was a good person to all!

Matt Hanson
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
I met John my first day of working for White Construction, he grabbed me a cup of coffee and sat and chatted like we had been old friends for years. I'll never forget his smile whenever seeing him and around the office and how he always took a moment to say hi.

Caleb Nickels
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
John was a remarkable person, and someone I have always had a lot of respect for. He was one of the kindest and most positive people you could know, and always quick to start a conversation. We would occasionally run into each other at Spendal's and end up having lunch together, which was always a treat. He will be sorely missed. We are praying for the Roehm family during this tough time.

Dave and Pam Colburn
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
Although we only met John several times, it was a pleasure to spend time with him and get to know the kind person he was. Randy has always said nothing but good things about him and enjoyed his time with both John and Toni and the family. We want to send our heartfelt condolences in this time of sorrow and hope that you will keep all the good memories close to your hearts.

Margaret McEvoy
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020

A Tranquil Light was sent by Uma, Rebecca, Kelsey .

To Jen & the entire Roehm Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish you peace and strength during this difficult time. Love, Uma, Rebecca, Kelsey & Marge

Rachel Speth
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
When I was a child, before I began to go to school my mother would take me to the office with her.

I would help deliver the mail in the office and to ease my boredom would draw. One day I decided that the mail needed a special touch so I'd draw little sunshines on the envelopes. John was always so delighted to receive my gift and I will always cherish the memories of walking up to his desk and seeing him look up from his paperwork with a big smile on his face.

I also know John was a great friend to my grandfather and growing up I heard nothing but good things about his loyalty and dedication to my grandfather and his company. My deepest condolences to this loss of such a great man. I hope he's hanging out with my grandfather now.

David Dolezal & The Guggenheim Team
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
JP -- We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Your father was clearly an amazing man who led a meaningful life. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

Thomas Szymanski
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Tom and Patti Szymanski.

Very sorry on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

LJ Anderson
   Posted Wed August 19, 2020
John Roehm was one of the finest men that I have ever met. He welcomed me with a smile at every visit. His contributions will be missed but legacy of goodwill and care will long remain. My sincere condolences to the Family. LJ Anderson

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