Billie Roller of Quapaw died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at his home. He was 85.
Mr. Roller was born March 28, 1922, to Lafe and Opal (Maloney) Roller in Monett, Mo.
He was inducted in the Navy on Sept. 4, 1942 and retired on Jan. 1, 1964 as a lieutenant commander. He served as commanding officer of the Naval Reserve Manpower Center in Bainbridge, Md. He was a prisoner of war on two seperate occoasions.
He worked as an inspector for the Clark County Health Department in Las Vegas, Nev., for 20 years. He also owned and operated Starbor Tack Bar & Restaurant in Las Vegas for several years.
He was married to Mary Simenelli. She preceded him in death in 1993. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Katie Moates, and one stepdaughter, Karen Brink.
He married Eleanor Elizabeth (Brink) Adkins on July 5, 2006, in Seneca, Mo. She survives, of the home.
Additional survivors include one son, Robert Roller of New Brunswick, N.J.; four stepsons, James Adkins of Florida, Terry Adkins of East Liverpool, Ohio, Larry Adkins of Warren, Ohio, and Joey Adkins of Wellsville, Ohio; one brother, Clayton Roller of Galena, Kan.; one grandchild, 11 step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Commerce with the Rev. Fred Mills officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Gateway Ridge Cemetery in Gateway, Ark. The U.S. Naval Honors Team will conduct military rites at the graveside.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.