Eric Paul Roos, 58, passed away July 17, 2017, after a short illness at his home in Tell City. He was born on June 13, 1959, to James and Betty Roos, in Washington, Indiana, and was soon diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. He lived all his life with his parents, who survive him.
In spite of his challenges, Eric learned to read, write, and do basic math. He loved reading books, including a biography of Abraham Lincoln and romance novels. In his thirties, he decided to write his own book and wrote regularly in his notebook, recording daily events and his own very active interior life, carefully hand printed and spelled phonetically. He also loved music, including singing and dancing, romantic movies, and classic television shows.
He held a variety of jobs, including cleaning duties at the Guy Ramsey Company, paper shredding at the Spencer County Bank, and book cleaning at the Spencer County Library. He was also regularly employed at SIRS in Perry County and ARC in Evansville.
Everywhere Eric worked, he was a popular and well-liked employee, with a ready smile and a contagious positive attitude. He was blessed with friends throughout Southern Indiana.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings: Mike (Minsun) Roos of Cincinnati, Pat (Paul) Swiz of Evansville, Scott (Herbert Griffin) Roos of Tell City, and Tina (Steve) Root of Evansville; three nephews, Chris Roos of Dallas, Texas, Jesse Roos of Cincinnati, and Cas Swiz of Evansville; two great-nephews, Adam Swiz of Evansville and Eliot Roos Hollenback of Dallas, Texas; and one great-niece, Mallory Swiz of Evansville.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 19, at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home, 920 Tenth St., Tell City, with a prayer service to follow. Visitation will also be from 8:30 – 9:30 am Thursday at the Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 814 Jefferson St., Tell City. Burial will follow at St. Nicholas Church cemetery in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Donations can be made to Southern Indiana Resource Solutions (www.sirs.org) or The Arc of Evansville (arcofevansville.org).