Robert Windsor Deyerle, Master Sergeant United States Marine Corps Retired, died at Roanoke Carilion Trauma Center on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Born in Princeton, West Virginia in 1937, he grew up in Roanoke and lived here until he joined the Marine Corps in 1954. He was a veteran of three tours in Vietnam before retiring in 1974 from Marine Headquarters Washington D.C. Bob immediately embarked on his second career of 25 years with the United States Postal Service in Northern Virginia, retiring in 1999, and in 2004, finally resettling for the last time in Roanoke County.
Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Julie Graham Conwell. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Kathy Iverson (Marty) of Frederick, Maryland, Charlotte Juarez (Jay) of Manassas, Virginia, and son, C. Jason (Dino) Deane of Salem. He was blessed with three granddaughters, Stephanie Slaughter (Andrew), Katie Graham, and Kelly Arrington (David), as well as three grandsons, Christian and Jayson Juarez, and Nathan Lewis. Additional family includes four great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his first wife, Jean Altice Deyerle.
Master Sergeant Deyerle was always a Marine, remaining true to the image and ideals of the Corps. His Marine and Navy brothers were his closest friends and his favorite part of the day was meeting up with them and other buddies at Charbel’s or the Hilltop Restaurant for a few Budweisers and some great comradeship. He was a Life Member of VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia, and VFW Post 1264 in Roanoke, Mickey Finn Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Triangle, Virginia, Disabled American Veterans MacKenzie Chapter 3, and AMVETS VA 40. He was also a member of American Legion Post 3 in Roanoke.
Despite his proud military background, Bob was a gentle soul who loved feeding and watching the wildlife around his home, sitting on the patio and sharing a glass of wine and beautiful scenery with Nancy, and having long weekend telephone chats with Kathy. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and the Boston Redsox for most of his life.
The family’s grateful appreciation is extended to all the caring and compassionate nurses, technicians, and doctors of the Roanoke Carilion Neuro Trauma Units, especially Dr. Adam Maerz, and also to the EMT responders from Fort Lewis Fire and Ems Station 9, Salem.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be at Lotz Funeral Home at 1330 E. Main Street, Salem, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. with services at 3:00 with Pastor Ben Lockhart officiating. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to express your gratitude to a veteran for his service to our country.