In memory of
Bob Roeser, the Yuma Sun's circulation director who had a long career in newspapers, died Monday October 10, 2016 of unknown causes. "He's one of the hardest working men you'd ever meet in your life," said his daughter, Kerri Migdol, who lives in Prescott Valley. "And one of the funnest people in the universe." She reminisced about how he'd take her and her younger sister, Michelle Green, to the batting cages, or out for a movie and shopping. "Whatever it is that we wanted to do," she said. There was never a dull moment with her father, Migdol said. Whether at a restaurant or in long lines at Disneyland, she said he'd always make up fun little games to keep his children occupied. "He made it fun … doesn't matter where you were." Yuma Sun Publisher Lisa Reilly said Roeser was "hugely dedicated." She and David Fornof, the paper's director of operations, added that Roeser was passionate about his work as president of the Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona. "He always saw the best in every situation," Fornof said. They also said he always pushed for the Sun's Newspapers in Education program, which brings newspapers into the classroom to be used as teaching tools, improving not only reading skills, but critical thinking and other class subjects like geography. Roeser is survived by his wife, Michele Roeser; his two daughters; his five grandchildren (Katelynn, Stephen, Alissa, Zachary and Nathan); and his four great-grandchildren (Gabriel, Brody, Jeremiah and Averie). Roeser had a long career in the newspaper industry, and he served as circulation director for four other newspapers and worked in various roles with others. He spent time with the New Haven Register (2000-2001); the Fall River Herald News; the Santa Maria Times (1991-1999); and the San Jose Mercury News (1983-1991). He had previously held other positions with the San Luis Obispo Telegram Tribune, the Arizona Republic and Minneapolis Star and Tribune.
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