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Robert Roelkey

April 4, 1928 — March 17, 2022

Robert Wesley "Rock" Roelkey, 93, passed away peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband to Ellie Roelkey for 64 beautiful years.

Born on April 4, 1928 in Knoxville, MD, he was the son of the late Helen (Hightman) and David Henry Roelkey, Jr.

Bob was a graduate of Brunswick High School. He worked on his family farm then joined the United States Air Force, having served in the Korean War and was an honorably discharged veteran.

After retiring from the military, he worked for Glenn L. Martin Company then B&O Railroad, Pepco, and eventually retired from East Alco after 21 years of service. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Antietam Chapter 312, and the American Legion Clopper-Michael Post 10 in Boonsboro.

Bob attended Calvary Baptist Church in Rohrersville, MD. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going to church on Sundays, gardening and woodworking.

In addition to his wife, Ellie Roelkey, he is survived by sons, William Grimes and wife, Ruth, Mike Roelkey and wife, Rhonda, Timothy Roelkey; daughters, Betty Eichelberger and husband, Gary, Jane Hammond and husband, Dennis, Trisha Benner and husband, Darryl "Breeze" Benner; grandchildren, Kristy and Gary, Jr. "Skipper" Eichelberger, Wayne, Dylan and Brittany Hammond and her husband, Zachary Macomber, Michael Roelkey, Jr., Taylor Sparkman and husband, Zachary Sparkman, Olivia Roelkey, and Regan Roelkey; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by six sisters; six brothers; sons, Robert Roelkey, Jr. and Warren Roelkey; daughters, Sandra Roelkey and Lisa Roelkey; and granddaughter, Ginny Eichelberger.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022 at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike in Boonsboro and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

A celebration of Bob's life journey will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 3346 Gapland Road in Rohrersville, Maryland.  Rev. Mark Waldron will officiate. Burial will be held at Brownsville Heights Cemetery in  Knoxville.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 11370 Caring Pathway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742. A special thanks to Luther and Shelly Swope and family, Hank and Dolly Jones, and Hospice of Washington County. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, March 21, 2022

6:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

10:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Gapland Road, Maryland, Rohrersville

11210 Bethesda Church Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

3346 Gapland Rd, Rohrersville, MD 21779

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