Paul Roesch


Paul Roesch
Feb. 3, 1916 - Oct. 28, 2011

Paul R. Roesch, 95, of Seattle, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Oct. 28, 2011, at Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland, Wash. Paul was born Feb. 3, 1916, in Globe, Ariz. He was raised by his mother, Alice Roesch Fritcher, and his grandmother, ClarindaDavenport, in Chadron, Neb. He graduated from Chadron High School, studied at the University of Nebraska and earned degrees from Chadron State College and the University of Chicago. Paul received his law degree from the University of Michigan. Following World War II, he practiced law for many years in Walla Walla, where he and his wife, Ethel Roesch, raised their family. After his retirement he and Ethel moved to Olympia, where she was the executive director of the YWCA. They co-authored a novel of historical fiction, Ashana, which was published by Random House in 1990.

Paul is survived by Ethel, his wife of 69 years; and his children, Paul and Nancy Roesch of Longview, Wash., Brian Roesch of Seattle, Lynn Roesch and Arthur Knapp of Redmond, Wash., Carol and Rod Olson of Corona, Calif., and Dwight and Liya Roesch of Queens, N.Y. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Paul will be remembered for his keen intellect, his love of books, his inquisitive nature and his love of his family. Private celebrations of life are planned.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Friends of the Olympia Library, an organization he was particularly close to. Friends may be contacted at 313 8th Ave. Southeast, Olympia, WA 98501.
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