RIVERTON – Roger Frederick Nusbaum, 90, of Riverton died peacefully Sunday, July 5, 2009, in Springfield, Illinois.
He was born February 6, 1919, in Warsaw, Indiana, the son of Ralph O. Nusbaum, long time Warsaw Times-Union newspaper editor, and Winona Lake postmistress, Ruby G. Nusbaum.
He served as deputy chief highway engineer and was a principal participant in the design and construction of the Chicago expressway system.
In the 1960s he was in charge of coordinating the activities of the county, city and state in the construction of Chicago’s massive, one and one-half billion dollar expressway system covering 177 miles. Later he served in Springfield as deputy director of highways for the Illinois Department of Transportation. During this time he lived in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Roger was an alumnus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He first worked as a civil engineer for the government in the Panama Canal Zone. During World War II, he remained in Panama, where he served in a similar capacity with the U.S. Air Force. He married the former Marjorie Eileen Meyers of Lafayette in the Canal Zone on November 1, 1941, with whom he had five children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marjorie who died in 1969; and by a brother, John Christian Nusbaum; and a sister, Frances E. (Nusbaum) Peacock.
Surviving are his wife, Ellen H. Nusbaum; four daughters, Sue N. (Delbert) Haschemeyer and Donna L. Aschenbrenner, both of Athens, Illinois; Randa J. (Gary) Copeland of Tucson, Arizona, and Peggy E. Nusbaum of Sparta, Missouri; and one son, Kurt D. (Debbie) Nusbaum, of Woodridge; Illinois. He is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield, Illinois. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Reverend Gloria Davis officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, with military honors.
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