Obituary for Jack Roeser

Via Miller Funeral Home

Jack2Jack Roeser, age 90 of Barrington, passed away on Friday. Jack was the youngest son of Irene and Otto Roeser. He was born in Chicago in 1923. He lived the “American Dream”.

As a young boy he designed free flight airplanes winning national championships. These experiences inspired him to become an engineer.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served as a Combat Engineer in the Philippines and was among the first soldiers to enter Japan after their surrender. Returning from the war he received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois.

Being an engineer’s engineer he successfully founded three companies, the most recent OTTO Engineering, which he founded in his basement and has grown it to 500 employees.

He has always been active in American causes espousing the principles of freedom of the individual and small, moral government. He was an advocate for education reform believing that our public school system was destroying core values and not providing the skills children need to be moral and educated members of our American society. In 1994 he ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois and continued to further his political ideals through his political action committees, El Sueno Ameircano, The Family Taxpayer’s Network and Champion News.

He was the most consistent adherent to the conservative principles of American self government. Asked once how he wanted to be remembered he said … “citizen, soldier and father.”

He is survived by his wife, Jeannine, his three sons, Ron (Sue), Tom (Bette), Otto (Min) and his daughter, Jean (Rob) Runnfeldt and several grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his sisters Eileen & Ethel and his brothers, Bob and Howard.

Family and Friends will gather for a Funeral Mass and Military Honors on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee. Private family burial will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, River Grove.

Visitation will be on Monday at OTTO Engineering 100 S. Lincoln Ave Carpentersville form 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM and again on Tuesday morning at St. Catherine of Siena Church, West Dundee from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the Mass. Please omit flowers, memorials are encouraged to either of the following:

Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township
P.O.Box 173
Carpentersville, IL 60110
St. Elizabeth Parochial Catholic School
4052 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60653


Monday, June 16   Visitation   03:00PM – 08:00PM
OTTO Engineering

100 S. Lincoln Avenue

Carpentersville, IL, US, 60110

Tuesday, June 17   Visitation   09:00AM – 10:00AM
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

845 W. Main Street

West Dundee, IL, US, 60118

Tuesday, June 17   Funeral Services with Military Honors   10:00AM
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

845 W. Main Street

West Dundee, IL, US, 60118

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  2. Todd Hartwell says:

    Jack Roeser was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party. His core beliefs was evident in every aspect of his life. The love of his family, the love of his country and even though he was a private man, his great faith in Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior. Jack will be missed. The sweetest most lovely, feistiest fighter for the American way of life. We will all miss him driving up in his old well cared for car, his gym shoes and the smile that said its not the size of the man in the fight its the size of the fight in the man, and when Jack was around lovers of freedom and correct thinking had a great warrior on their side. Jack is now in the loving care of God Almighty and his journey has just begun, a new adventure. May the Spirit of the Lord strengthen the Roeser family as they miss Jack but know that he is now more alive than ever – . Todd Hartwell

  3. Bill Wehrle says:

    God Bless Jack Roeser. A man who practiced what he preached, even in death. As I see, in lieu of Flowers, Donations are to go to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Grammar School in Chicago, and the local Boys and Girls Club in Dundee…. may all of us pick up the baton and run with Jack’s belief of Smaller Government and a Quality Public School System where bad teachers cannot gain tenure…. may he rest in peace with the Lord Jesus Christ… God Bless his Family and his Employees (for I know he thought alot of his Employees were like Family). I’m sure he’ll be missed as another of the Greatest Generation is put to rest. May I offer my Final Salut to Jack as a Great American Patriot.

    Bill Wehrle

  4. BoxesWithWolves says:

    He was the best. I just loved him! He always tried to make the world a better place. Now he is in the best place. We will all miss him so much.

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