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Henry Wright Roahrig

November 2, 1937 — March 28, 2024

Norwalk, California

Henry Wright Roahrig

 HENRY WRIGHT ROAHRIG 
Henry Wright Roahrig, 86, beloved husband, father, stepfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories. He was born on November 2, 1937, in Plymouth, Indiana, to Henry L. and Lucille Roahrig.
 
Henry, known affectionately as Hank, was the loving husband of Sandra Ann Leilani Roahrig, with whom he shared nearly 48 years of marriage, since their union on June 26, 1976. His devotion to Sandy was evident in every aspect of their life together, from the simple joys to the challenges they faced hand in hand. 

Hank's love for his family was unwavering, their well-being always at the forefront of his mind. He developed a close loving relationship with his daughter, Keri (Spencer) Calvert of Jacksonville, Florida. He took great pride in her accomplishments and the beautiful family that she created. He also shared a close meaningful bond with his stepson Kenneth (Meladie) Brookins of Mariposa, California. He cherished his role as a grandfather to Ryan Douglas, Gavin, Kourtney, Macie, Miles, and Brody Calvert; Ashley (Chris Applegate) Brookins, and Chad Brookins. His joy extended to his great-grandchildren, Veda Brookins, Haylee Belle, and Zane Applegate. 
Hank's life was enriched by his close relationships, including those with his recently departed sister, Luanne Matteucci of Las Vegas, Nevada, and his late sister, Jean Ellen Clark of Indianapolis, Indiana, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members and continued to stay up to date with their social media posts and communications.
 
Hank graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School in Illinois, and later attended Iowa Wesleyan College, University of Arizona, El Camino Junior College, and Cerritos Community College, where he pursued various fields of study. His journey brought him to California, where he spent much of his life. He served his country with honor in the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force as a Flight Line Mechanic. 

Hank dedicated over three decades of his career as an industrial radiographic inspector to North American Aviation, demonstrating his strong work ethic and commitment to excellence until his retirement in 1993. His resilience and determination were evident during periods of transition, as he worked with companies such as Weldex, Magnaflux, and Aerojet Manufacturing Company in the non-destructive testing field.
 
In his leisure time, Hank pursued his passions with enthusiasm, whether it was working on cars, building his own home, indulging in his love for gambling during trips to Las Vegas, or staying connected with loved ones through social networking. Hank's life was also enriched by the companionship of many beloved pets who brought him endless joy and companionship. 

Throughout his life, Hank touched the hearts of many with his warmth, generosity, and unwavering support. He was a mentor and/or father figure to several close friends, including David Zuiderveld, Jerry Clowes, Brian Stumps, Joe Benoit, and Dave Vaughn, who cherished his guidance and friendship. He shared a very close friendship with Mary and Melinda Casteneda who became like family in his last years going on trips, sharing meals and having a blast on numerous game nights.
 
Hank was preceded in death by his beloved grandson Ryan, whose memory he held dear and whose loss he felt deeply. They will be reunited in the embrace of eternity, where love knows no bounds. Hank's legacy of love, strength, and compassion will continue to inspire and uplift those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
 
In honoring Hank's memory, let us celebrate the remarkable life he lived and the profound impact he made on the lives of those around him. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of sharing in his life's journey. May he rest in peace surrounded by the love of those who went before him. 

With much love and appreciation to Keri Calvert for preparing this tribute to Hank. 

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