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George DeLue Rorabeck, Jr

Death 18 Mar 2012 (aged 81)
Burial Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 177503545 · View Source
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George DeLue Roraback Jr. CSM USA Ret passed away on March 18, 2012 in Fayetteville, at the age of 81. George was a remarkable man who lived by his motto, “God, Family, Country, and Community.”

George’s devotion to his family was unsurpassed. He was married 57 years to the love of his life, Beatrice Marie Lewis Roraback. They have four children Billy (Doti) Roraback of Memphis TN, Donna Roraback of Hope Mills, NC, Cindi (Gregg) Pettigrew of Goldsboro NC, and Leslie (Jonathan) Flom of Fayetteville NC. George is survived by his wife, children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father George Roraback, Sr., his mother Esther Robbins and his brother MSGT Kenneth Mills Roraback.

George and his family have been active members of St. Paul’s in the Pines Episcopal Church since 1964. George was strong in his faith. At the age of 80 he served as a Lay Rector for Episcopal Cursillo 81. He loved Christ and drew great strength from God’s presence in his life.

George left high school at the age of 17 to answer the call of military service. He was among the first soldiers to earn the Green Beret and served three tours in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. By the time he retired from the Army he had achieved his GED, Bachelors, and Masters Degrees. He was awarded several commendations including the Legion of Merit. He retired as the Command Sergeant Major for the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. After his 28 year military career he continued to serve his country at the community level and as an educator for 20 years. During his time at Westover High School he developed a vocational education program for Special Education students, which received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. He also served as assistant principal. He finished his educational career as a guidance counselor at Douglas Byrd High School in 2010.

George was an active citizen in the community. For many years he was a volunteer counselor for the Contact helpline. He found great joy as an actor performing on most of the region’s stages, including Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Fort Bragg Playhouse, in dozens of roles. His favorite role was Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, which he played several times. George also was an active member of the local Special Forces Association.

George was a bright, compassionate, and positive person. He was loyal and lifted others up. He was protective of his family and encouraging. His Mensa level mind was always inquisitive; his hobbies included (but were not limited to) amateur radio, art, calligraphy, model building, coin and stamp collecting.

We will sorely miss his infectious smile, bass voice, and quick wit. We have lost a hero.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at St. Paul’s-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church, 1800 St. Paul Avenue, Fayetteville with the Very Rev. John Thomas Frazier officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George DeLue Rorabeck, Jr (15 Oct 1930–18 Mar 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 177503545, citing St. Paul's-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church Memorial , Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Trent Olsen (contributor 46524102) .