Gerald Matthew Roeller, 53, of Helena, passed away due to a diving accident at Spring Meadow Lake in Helena on Oct. 1, 2011. He was born to Herbert George and Rae Marie Roeller on May 3, 1958, in St. Paul, Minn.
He graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Colo., in 1976. After high school, he served for the U.S. Navy as a machinist mate from May of 1977 through May of 1983. He went on to work as a professional machinist for the next 20 years in Colorado. Currently, he was in the process of building his fireplace servicing business. He met his wife, friend, and love of his life in April, 2002 and moved to Helena in September 2002. He married Gail Diane Mann in Helena on June 20, 2008, surrounded by family and friends.
Among his favorite hobbies and activities were diving, skiing, fishing, watching movies, playing chess, spending time with his wife and singing. He was an active member of Green Meadow Christian Reformed Church, the Helena Scuba Club and the Helena Association of Realtors.
He is survived by his wife, Gail; Gail’s children, Tim (Marty) of Colorado and Angelina (Jorge) of Maryland; parents, Herb and Rae Roeller of Colorado; brother, Jim (Debbie) of Colorado; sisters, Sue (Rick) of Iowa, Jan (Mike) of North Carolina, Terry (Vince), Nancy and Mary of Colorado; grandson, Elijah; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Karen and Ann Marie; nephew, Chris; Grandma and Grandpa Roeller and Grandma and Grandpa Barron; and Rocky, his beloved dog.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Green Meadow Christian Reformed Church (corner of Green Meadow Drive and Franklin Mine Road). A rite of committal with military honors will follow at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry’s name are suggested to the Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue, c/o Lewis and Clark County, 316 N. Park Ave., Helena, MT 59623; or to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, PO Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.aswfuneralhome.com.