ROGER N. RETTIG | JUNE 14, 1932 - FEB. 17, 2013

Man a father figure to all

2013-04-28T22:26:00Z 2013-04-28T23:27:05Z Man a father figure to allCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent
April 28, 2013 10:26 pm  • 

Roger Rettig was a man who treated kids around his neighborhood like they were his own.

"He'd take 15 to 18 kids through Glen Park on bike rides," said his son, Dan Rettig. "A whole neighborhood of kids would follow."

He rode an old Schwinn and they'd follow in single file, his son recalled.

Roger N. Rettig, 80, of Crown Point, died Feb. 17.

He would often spot a kid's bicycle and notice the tires were too low. He would then pump air into those tires and teach them how to do it, said his wife, Connie Rettig.

He enjoyed teaching children how to ride bicycles, including his own kids and grandchildren, Connie Rettig added.

The only two organizations he ever received paychecks from was the U.S. Air Force for four years and the Post-Tribune for 43 years.

"He never had an unkind word to say about anybody," his wife said, adding people always felt better around him with his great attitude.

And while he never met a person he did not like, "he never met a dessert he didn't like," Connie Rettig said with a chuckle.

This included an array of cakes, cookies, ice cream and many others.

"He liked everything," Dan Rettig said.

He also did many things for the adult neighbors, such as yardwork and repairs around their houses.

A quite, unassuming man, he never sought any help for himself.

"He was one of the most gentle, kind and considerate people you could ever meet," his son said.

All those young bike riders, as adults, remember Rettig and offered words of praise for him.

And Dan Rettig needed only four more to describe his father: "He was everybody's dad."

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