Roger Dale Niblick, “Roscoe the Clown” Obituary

Grandpa clowning in Nicaragua

My Grandfather “Roscoe the Clown” clowning for children in Nicaragua.

ROGER D. NIBLICK, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Village Life Center in Fort Wayne.

Born July 24, 1928, he served in the U.S. Navy, and was a Golden Gloves Champion while enlisted. He owned his own Furnace and repair shop for many years, he owned three Texaco stations in Fort Wayne, worked at Zoli’s, and finally worked in maintenance at St. Therese Catholic Church.

He was Fort Wayne’s first Ronald McDonald Clown. He also clowned as “Roscoe” at Baerfield Speedway and area hospitals.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father of 15 children.

Surviving are children,

  1. Sister Lael Niblick C.S.A. of Mississippi,
  2. Michael of Florida,
  3. Leo of Fort Wayne,
  4. Patrick of Mississippi,
  5. Paul of Portland, Maine,
  6. Guy of Bluffton,
  7. Herb of Fort Wayne,
  8. Mary Frecker of Hoagland,
  9. James of Florida,
  10. Karl and
  11. Thomas both of Fort Wayne,
  12. John of Florida,
  13. Raymond of Fort Wayne and
  14. Theresa Keesling of Huntington

Sisters, Phylis Perry of Fort Wayne and Linda Garside of Texas; 31 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Madonna S. (Kaade) Niblick; second wife, Rita (Waters) Niblick; son, Matthew Niblick; sister, Margret Boeger; and brother Thomas Niblick.

“Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel, 11337 U.S. 27 S., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at Tom Mungovan Funeral Home, 2221 S. Calhoun St. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery, Ossian.

Link: Roger D. Niblick Obituary