by Patricia Roop Hollinger
William Roger Roop a father extraordinaire
Whatever project he tackled it was done with flair.
Determined was a word that described him well,
When he tackled a project it was accomplished with a spirit you could not quell.
Heifer Project began on his farm,
In spite of neighbors who shook their heads with alarm.
He designed and patented a milking machine,
Even though a high school degree he never gleaned.
His passion was farming–it ran through his veins,
He knew how to guide horses by pulling their reins.
The ponds he had dug were fulfilled wishes,
And he stocked them with a variety of fishes.
He desired a son who would love the farm,
But when three daughters showed up he never expressed his alarm.
Why girls could drive tractors, milk cows, and rake hay,
Women’s role was not just for housework, he would say.
It was in church that Olive Main gave him a wink,
Her forthrightness took him aback and made him think.
“She might be worth checking out for a date,
And I had better do it before it’s too late.”
With just horse and buggy it took awhile,
But when he arrived he was greeted with her stunning smile.
They were married December 27, 1931,
Yippee! Yahoo! He had finally won.
They were married just shy of 70 years,
His death, of course, brought Olive to tears.
However we celebrate his life well lived,
As another Father’s Day has arrived.
Patricia Roop Hollinger is the middle daughter of Roger and Olive. She is a retired Chaplain/LCPC from a mental health setting and married her high school heart-throb in 2015 after death of both their spouses. She loves cats, is a voracious reader, a musician, and hospice volunteer, who is now in pursuit of her writing goals.