Daniel Edward Roesler went to be with the Lord on Jan. 8, 2018, peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Dan was born in Deadwood, S.D., to Daniel and Naomi Roesler on May 17, 1947. Dan spent his childhood helping his father at the Lead Country Club. When he wasn’t busy helping his father maintain the golf course you could find him enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing.
Dan graduated from Deadwood High School in May of 1965. After high school, Dan went on to serve his country as a Navy Seabee from 1966 until 1969. This took him to Vietnam two times, where he worked closely with the Marines as a steel worker, focusing on building infrastructure. After retiring from the Navy as a disabled veteran, Dan went on to pursue his college career. Dan attended the National College of Business in Rapid City, S.D. On March 6, 1971 Dan married the love of his life, Sue Aker. In 1974, Dan graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and data processing management. He then took a position in Minot, N.D., where their first two children were born. His career brought them to Rapid City in 1979. In 1987 their third child was born. His career within the computer field allowed him to work with several different companies, with him retiring from Assurant in 2010.
Dan possessed the remarkable ability to never give up in the face of adversity. His strength has been, and will continue to be, a source of inspiration to so many. Having one of the most gentle and generous hearts of anybody you could ever imagine, he was a great man to have by your side. He would go to no end to make sure the people he loved and cared about were always taken care of in any way possible.
Dan had several hobbies, including spending time on the lake, collecting coins and guns, and spending time with family. He enjoyed cooking, and was well known for his incredible deer jerky. His kids will always have fond memories of the many weekends spent at the family cabin in The Black Hills. His love for music will always be remembered and wherever Dan was you could be sure to hear music playing.
Dan is survived by his children: Tracy (Joseph) Otter of Faulkton, S.D., Eric (Meghann) Roesler of Rapid City and Taylor Roesler of Ft. Carson, Colo.; grandchildren: James, Reese and Evan Otter, and Austin and Jack Roesler; two brothers: Dave (Dianne) Roesler of Huntsville, Ala., and Mike (Jody) Roesler of Rapid City; and one sister, Barbara (Robert) Wordell of Surprise, Ariz. Dan was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sue Roesler, his parents, and mother and father-in-law.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, helping in the support of disabled veterans and their families.
A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 12 at Kirk Funeral Home, with burial at Black Hills National Cemetery.