Frank Levi Roush, 69, master sergeant in the Army

March 01, 2006

Frank Levi Roush, a retired Army master sergeant and later a Junior ROTC instructor, died of prostate cancer Feb. 21 at his Odenton home. He was 69.

Sergeant Roush was born in Terra Alta, W.Va., and raised in Mason, W.Va. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1956, serving until he joined the Army in 1964. He served as an adviser to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was subsequently an adviser to the West Virginia National Guard before being sent as an adviser to the chief of staff of the Royal Moroccan Army in Rabat. He retired from the Army in 1979.

For the next two decades, Sergeant Roush was the Junior ROTC instructor at Meade High School, where he also was an assistant football coach and mentor to students. He was a bailiff for the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County from 1998 to 2004.

"His favorite saying was `To be a success, you have to have respect, a good sense of responsibility and self-discipline,'" said daughter Amy L. Chung of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sergeant Roush was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Maryland Retired Teachers Association. He was a NASCAR and Washington Redskins football fan and an avid golfer.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Donaldson Funeral Home, 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton.

Also surviving are two other daughters, Cheryl Grothmann of Sarasota, Fla., and Debra A. Bruno of St. Leonard; a sister, Mary Huck of Wheeling, W.Va.; two grandchildren; and his fiancee, Susan Portis of Odenton. His marriage to the former Clarann Nutter ended in divorce.

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