June 08, 2007
Earl O. Roe Earl Roe, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 29, 2007 after a lengthy illness.Earl was born in Illinois June 29, 1927 to Helen and Chauncey Roe. Earl graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Journalism. He served in the Army at the end of World War II.Earl sensed a call to mission when he learned about an opportunity to serve as a program director with a Christian radio station in Monrovia, Liberia. While en route to serve with the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), he learned of a need in Nigeria for journalists. In 1951, SIM asked Earl to serve on staff at a Christian magazine, “African Challenge” in Nigeria.In 1961, he was invited to join the faculty of the University of Nigeria in their college of journalism. He served as head of the journalism department until the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967. During the war, he served as a volunteer relief worker under the World Council of Churches.Earl returned to the U.S. and completed his M.A. degree in 1972. He then started a new career as an editor for the Regal Book Division of Gospel Light Publications. He also taught conversational English to Vietnamese refugees. He worked for Master’s Press in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s as an editorial director. In 1984 Earl returned to Regal Books, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.Earl received multiple awards from Wheaton College for journalism. In 1991, he received the Angel Award for “Dream Big,” the biography of Dr. Henrietta Mears, which Earl wrote, edited and compiled. This was awarded by the Excellence in Media organization.Earl was an active member of the Santa Paula Presbyterian Church, serving as elder, deacon and teacher. He is remembered as a loving, caring Christian, a true servant of God. Well done though good and faithful servant.Earl is survived by his sister, Rosemary Lotter, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
The memorial service to celebrate Earl’s life was held June 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Randy Working officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Davis St., Santa Paula, for Nigerian mission.Death NoticesNathan R. Evans, 94, Santa Paula, medical assistant, died May 1, 2007. Arrangements by Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula.Donald L. Ellis, 71, Santa Paula, registered geologist, died May 10, 2007. Arrangements by Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore.Jean Marie Garrison, 84, Santa Paula, homemaker, died May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula.Barbara France, 63, Mission Viejo, homemaker, died May 26, 2007. Arrangements by Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore.

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