In Memory

Charles Roop

LEBANON, Mo. -- Charles A. Roop, 50, teacher, died March 6, 2001, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.


He was born May 27, 1950, to Charles Cephus and Alta Evelyn (Lyons) Roop in Dothan, W.Va. They preceded him in death. He attended Scarbo Elementary School in Scarbo, W.Va., and Collins High School in Oak Hill, W.Va. After his father passed away he joined his sisters in Newton where he graduated from Newton High School in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam War veteran. He was a member of the Cherokee Gourd Clan. He participated in many Native American traditions and ceremonials. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial management in December 1998, and a master's degree of natural and applied science in December 2000 from Southwest Missouri State University. As a student he was chairman of the Student Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of Epsilon Pi Tau, Student Government Association, American Design and Drafting Association, American Production and Inventory Control Society and appeared in Who's Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities in 1998. He was a teacher at Ava High School/Middle School in Ava, Mo. During his years in Springfield he worked for the Paul Mueller Company, 3-H Enterprises, Marshfield, Modine Manufacturing Co., Camdenton, and completed an internship at Copeland Corporation in Lebanon, Mo., before going into teaching. He was treasurer of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chapter 321, Springfield, Mo. Before moving to Missouri he owned and operated Charles A. Roop Co. Inc., in Muskogee, Okla., worked for the Parker Drilling Co. in Oklahoma City and with J.D. Hodges in Woodward, Okla. Survivors include: his wife, Ginger Walkabout-Roop of Lebanon; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jerry Hackney; a stepson and his wife, James and Sherrie Kelly; a god-daughter and her husband, Jackie and Levi Groce; four sisters and their husbands, Marty and Charles Isaac of Newton, Margaret and Glenn Schattak of Hillsboro, Patricia Lee of Muskogee, Okla., and Betty Chapman of Newton; and six grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Lee Roop and James Ray Roop. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, 2001 W. Walnut Lawn, Springfield, MO 65807. The Rev. Cecil Craig will officiate. John Hernandez of Springfield will provide Native American music and be the spirit guide. There will be a gathering 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of George and Kaethe Wainwright, 1617 Elmwood, Muskogee, OK. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. March 24, 2001, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery, East D Street, with Dr. Phillip Lamar officiating. Memorials have been established with the Ava High School/Middle School Libraries, P.O. Box 338, Ava, MO 65608-0338.


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