Richard B. Roleke
Colts Neck - Major Richard B. Roleke (U.S. Army, Retired) of Colts Neck, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Born in Elizabeth, NJ to Helen and Willis Roleke, he was a proud graduate of Saint Peters Preparatory School and began his military career in September 1957 through ROTC subsequent to earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University. He also received his Masters from the New York Institute of Technology.
Retiring from active duty after 22 years of service in the Signal Corps, Major Roleke was a decorated veteran, notably receiving a Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal, amongst others; his career included tours of duty of Germany, Panama, Vietnam.
In addition to his military career, Dick built a loving family with his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Kay. He was an avid boater who enjoyed spending much of his time with family on or near the water in Forked River, NJ and Duck, NC. He also enjoyed woodworking, birdwatching, skiing in Europe and sailing in the Caribbean.
Predeceased by his parents and sister Helen, he is survived by Mary Kay, sons Bradley (Debra), Eric (Laura) and Christopher (Suzanne), daughters Janice Brown (Jerry) and Katherine Kuras (Michael) and thirteen grandchildren, Katherine, Angela, Sarah, Mathew, James, Carly, Alex, Bridget, Ellie, Jayson, Mikayla, Katie and Karyn, his brothers, Herman (Father Jim) and Bob. He will be deeply missed.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, February 15, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM to at the Braun Funeral Home, 106 Broad Street, Eatontown. A private family funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Burial will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 12:30 PM at William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. DUE TO COVID-19 regulations, we can only allow up to 25 people into the funeral home at a time and MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.braunfuneralhome.com
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