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SGT Jakob James “Jake” Roelli

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SGT Jakob James “Jake” Roelli

Birth
Darlington, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
21 Sep 2011 (aged 24)
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Burial
Darlington, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID
76954343 View Source

Sgt. Jakob J. Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis., died Sep. 21, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He was born the son of Richard Roelli and Dawn (Gill) Lacy. Jake was member of First Baptist Church in Darlington. He was 13 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and chose to be baptized. Jake attended Darlington High School, where he was active in the theater and a member of the wrestling, football, and cross country teams. In 2006, he graduated from high school and continued his education at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 2007, Jake joined the United States Army. Following basic training Jake went into the Infantry; he later received Special Forces training, and was then deployed as an Infantryman to Afghanistan in 2011. Jake is survived by his father: Richard Roelli of rural Darlington; his mother: Dawn (Chris) Lacy of Fort Davis, TX; one brother: Matthew (Eryn) Roelli; one niece: Olivia all of Verona, WI; his fiancée; Caitlin Pixler of Manhattan, KS; his maternal grandfather: Robert Gill of rural Shullsburg, WI; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother: Margery Gill on October 21, 1996; and his paternal grandparents: Edwin Roelli on October 26, 2006 and Anne Roelli on November 6, 2007.The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that a soldier from Wisconsin with ties to Fort Davis and Alpine was one of two men killed when insurgents attacked their unit in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 21, 2011. Twenty-four-year-old specialist Sgt. Jakob J. "Jake" Roelli of Darlington, Wis., and the son of Dawn Lacy of Fort Davis and formerly of Alpine, died after his unit was hit with small-arms gunfire.

The soldiers, part of America's Operation Enduring Freedom, were assigned to the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Riley, Kan.

Sgt. Roelli's father, Richard Roelli, said his son was "the best of the best." The Roelli family traveled Sept. 22 to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to receive his remains.

No services have currently been scheduled in either Wisconsin or in Fort Davis, where a memorial service may be scheduled.

Sgt. Roelli was born July 30, 1987, in Darlington to Dawn Gill Lacy and Richard Roelli. He grew up on the family farm outside Darlington.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington. "He was 13 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and chose to be baptized," his family said.

He attended Darlington High School, where he was a member of the football team for two years and ran cross-country and wrestled on the school team.

He was a four-year member of the school's Odyssey of the Mind team, in which students compete in creative problem-solving exercises. The team won the state competition in 2006, Roelli's senior year.

He was active in theater, singing and dancing in "Beauty and the Beast," and acting the role played by Paul Newman in "The Sting."

"He was a young man who was not afraid to try new things - a good singer, a good dancer, a good actor - just a fun-loving kid," said his Darlington Principal Doug McArthur.

Asked to describe his son, Richard Roelli said "he was a better man that I'll ever be."

In 2006, Sgt. Roelli graduated from high school and continued his education at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He studied business and pre-law and planned to go to law school after the military.

In 2007, he joined the U.S. Army. Following basic training, he went into the infantry; he later received Special Forces training, and was then deployed as an infantryman to Afghanistan in 2011.

"When Jake decided to join the Army, he fully embraced all aspects of what it meant to be a soldier," said his former girlfriend, Amy Siegenthaler, a UW-Madison senior. "His summer before basic training, you could find him running around Darlington in his Army boots and a backpack full of rocks or bricks.

"When he found out his scores were high enough for him to be in Special Forces, he was beyond happy. He wanted to be right in the middle of all the action," she added. "He was a fearless man who would take on any challenge."

Sgt. Roelli is survived by his mother, Dawn and husband Chris Lacy of Fort Davis; his father, Richard Roelli of Darlington; one brother, Matthew (Eryn) Roelli of Verona, Wis.; niece Olivia Roelli of Verona; his fiancée, Caitlin Pixler of Manhattan, Kan.; his maternal grandfather, Robert Gill of rural Shullsburg, Wis.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Margery Gill, and his paternal grandparents, Edwin Roelli and Anne Roelli.

"Two defining forces have ever offered to die for us: (1) Jesus Christ and (2) the American GI. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom," Sgt. Roelli's family said.

Sgt. Jakob J. Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis., died Sep. 21, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He was born the son of Richard Roelli and Dawn (Gill) Lacy. Jake was member of First Baptist Church in Darlington. He was 13 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and chose to be baptized. Jake attended Darlington High School, where he was active in the theater and a member of the wrestling, football, and cross country teams. In 2006, he graduated from high school and continued his education at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 2007, Jake joined the United States Army. Following basic training Jake went into the Infantry; he later received Special Forces training, and was then deployed as an Infantryman to Afghanistan in 2011. Jake is survived by his father: Richard Roelli of rural Darlington; his mother: Dawn (Chris) Lacy of Fort Davis, TX; one brother: Matthew (Eryn) Roelli; one niece: Olivia all of Verona, WI; his fiancée; Caitlin Pixler of Manhattan, KS; his maternal grandfather: Robert Gill of rural Shullsburg, WI; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother: Margery Gill on October 21, 1996; and his paternal grandparents: Edwin Roelli on October 26, 2006 and Anne Roelli on November 6, 2007.The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that a soldier from Wisconsin with ties to Fort Davis and Alpine was one of two men killed when insurgents attacked their unit in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 21, 2011. Twenty-four-year-old specialist Sgt. Jakob J. "Jake" Roelli of Darlington, Wis., and the son of Dawn Lacy of Fort Davis and formerly of Alpine, died after his unit was hit with small-arms gunfire.

The soldiers, part of America's Operation Enduring Freedom, were assigned to the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Riley, Kan.

Sgt. Roelli's father, Richard Roelli, said his son was "the best of the best." The Roelli family traveled Sept. 22 to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to receive his remains.

No services have currently been scheduled in either Wisconsin or in Fort Davis, where a memorial service may be scheduled.

Sgt. Roelli was born July 30, 1987, in Darlington to Dawn Gill Lacy and Richard Roelli. He grew up on the family farm outside Darlington.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington. "He was 13 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and chose to be baptized," his family said.

He attended Darlington High School, where he was a member of the football team for two years and ran cross-country and wrestled on the school team.

He was a four-year member of the school's Odyssey of the Mind team, in which students compete in creative problem-solving exercises. The team won the state competition in 2006, Roelli's senior year.

He was active in theater, singing and dancing in "Beauty and the Beast," and acting the role played by Paul Newman in "The Sting."

"He was a young man who was not afraid to try new things - a good singer, a good dancer, a good actor - just a fun-loving kid," said his Darlington Principal Doug McArthur.

Asked to describe his son, Richard Roelli said "he was a better man that I'll ever be."

In 2006, Sgt. Roelli graduated from high school and continued his education at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He studied business and pre-law and planned to go to law school after the military.

In 2007, he joined the U.S. Army. Following basic training, he went into the infantry; he later received Special Forces training, and was then deployed as an infantryman to Afghanistan in 2011.

"When Jake decided to join the Army, he fully embraced all aspects of what it meant to be a soldier," said his former girlfriend, Amy Siegenthaler, a UW-Madison senior. "His summer before basic training, you could find him running around Darlington in his Army boots and a backpack full of rocks or bricks.

"When he found out his scores were high enough for him to be in Special Forces, he was beyond happy. He wanted to be right in the middle of all the action," she added. "He was a fearless man who would take on any challenge."

Sgt. Roelli is survived by his mother, Dawn and husband Chris Lacy of Fort Davis; his father, Richard Roelli of Darlington; one brother, Matthew (Eryn) Roelli of Verona, Wis.; niece Olivia Roelli of Verona; his fiancée, Caitlin Pixler of Manhattan, Kan.; his maternal grandfather, Robert Gill of rural Shullsburg, Wis.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Margery Gill, and his paternal grandparents, Edwin Roelli and Anne Roelli.

"Two defining forces have ever offered to die for us: (1) Jesus Christ and (2) the American GI. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom," Sgt. Roelli's family said.


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