Gerald Lee Roop, husband of Bernadine Rose (Mankowski) Roop, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 13, 2017. Gerald was born in Caulfield, MO, to Sam and Beulah (Ramsey) Roop on September 7, 1934 on their family farm.
Gerald was raised on the family dairy farm milking cows, picking cotton and other crops. He enjoyed hunting, swimming and riding horses. He rode his horse to school every morning after the cows were milked. He would earn money by hunting rabbits and selling them for 25 cents each. After High School he worked in a shoe factory, at nineteen he joined the Air Force to become a medic and later a Physicians assistant. Gerald served his country for twenty-three years in Texas, Germany, Florida, Japan and Vietnam. Gerald flew in Chinook helicopters as a medic in an air rescue unit at Da Nang AB, Vietnam. Gerald suffered from neuropathy in his legs later in life, after being shot down trying to get wounded out of a combat area. On the day he was to leave Vietnam the air base came under rocket attack which cancelled his flight for a day. He always said that that was the longest day of his life! He was in Vietnam from May 1970-May 1971. In 1977 Gerald retired from the Air Force in San Antonio, TX, and moved his family to Deer Park, TX to work for Diamond Shamrock, which later became Occidental. He was hired as a medic but became later the plant Safety Supervisor, Fire Chief and Security Chief. At this time He joined the Masonic Lodge in Deer Park. In his long retirement, Gerald and his wife Bernadine enjoyed their lake home in Canyon Lake, TX, traveling in their RV, playing golf, watching sports, and westerns on TV. Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Bernadine, sons Robert and William, daughter-in-law Julia, two grand daughters Beaula and Kellie, sister Carolyn, and many other family and friends. Private Graveside was held at Houston National Cemetery.