Roland Neber was taken home to be with the Lord on March 11, 2018 after a difficult, four-month battle with cancer.
He is survived by his married daughter Kerry and her mother Loretta, son-in-law John and two grandchildren; son Andrew and his mother Debbie; brother Manfred and his wife MaryAnn; and two sisters, Sieglinde and Elfriede. He was preceded in death by his brother Edgar and his sister Irmgard.
Roland was born September 11, 1936 in Yugoslavia to ethnic German parents, the second of six siblings. After the family had lived through some harrowing experiences during and after World War II, (which served to knit the family even more closely together), they immigrated to the USA in 1955, when Roland was 19. The family settled in New York.
The events of Roland’s life for the last 60 years cannot be readily summarized in a short obituary. Suffice to say that Roland was intensely practical and was considered to be able to fix anything – even with the wrong tools!
He was musical, playing brass instruments and the accordion and, in recent years, singing baritone in the choir at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. More importantly, he was a kind and compassionate man, who loved his family and friends and was there for anyone who needed his help or support. Roland was a forgiving man who never held a grudge – a rare quality. He was a deep thinker, and this made him a pleasure to converse with. He was a good and trustworthy friend.
What shaped Roland was his strong faith in Jesus Christ, a faith that he was enthusiastic about discussing, a faith that gave him peace and assurance during the weeks of discomfort and immobility that preceded his death. Roland, until we meet again you will be deeply missed by all who knew you.
A memorial service will be held on Friday March 16, at 11:30 am at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, 7 Mt. Lebanon Rd. Wilmington 19803.