Roman H. Testroet Sr., 70, sales and service manager

April 07, 2005

Roman H. Testroet Sr., a retired air-conditioning sales and service manager and avid sports fan, died of leukemia Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Columbia resident was 70.

Mr. Testroet was born and raised in Ionia, Iowa, and attended Brescia College in Owensboro, Ky. While serving as cook from 1952 to 1954 aboard the Coast Guard cutter Sumac, stationed on the Ohio River, he met his future wife.

"He looked so good when he came into my father's restaurant in Owensboro dressed in his Coast Guard uniform," said his wife of 49 years, the former Donna K. Alvey. "And because I was the cashier, I got ahold of him first."

Mr. Testroet worked for several years in sales and service for Western Kentucky Gas Co., until going to work in 1958 in Baltimore for Bryant Air Conditioning, then a division of Carrier Corp. He retired in the late 1990s.

His hobby was watching televised sporting events including baseball, football, college basketball, golf, thoroughbred racing and NASCAR races.

"He had five TV sets going all at once and sometimes a sixth; that way he didn't miss anything," said Mrs. Testroet, who enjoyed the sports with him. "We lived a very happy but simple life."

Mr. Testroet also was a dog fancier and was particularly fond of his three Yorkshire terriers.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Columbia.

Services are private.

Also surviving are two sons, Roman H. Testroet II of Meriden, Conn., and David M. Testroet of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Kristin Stanton of Hamilton, Ohio; a brother, Philip Testroet of Lancaster, Calif.; and eight grandchildren. Another son, Stephen K. Testroet, died in 1991.

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