Donald Otto Roelle

20 March 1923–12 May 1974 (Age 51)
Ravenna, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Donald Otto

When Donald Otto Roelle was born on 20 March 1923, in Ravenna, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States, his father, Otto Henry Roelle, was 21 and his mother, Edith Marie Hauskins, was 22. He married Ladye Sue Crane on 10 November 1943. He died on 12 May 1974, in Fairfield, Solano, California, United States, at the age of 51.

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Donald Otto Roelle
Ladye Sue Crane
Marriage: 10 November 1943

Spouse and Children

10 November 1943
New York City, New York, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Marie Elizabeth Roelle


    Marie Elizabeth Roelle


World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 11

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 14

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 French: from roelle ‘disc’ (Latin rotella, diminutive of rota ‘wheel’).2 German: variant of Röll ( see Roll ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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