Mr. Jesse G. Roark

February 27, 1935 - August 11, 2020 Avondale, PA | Age 85

Mr. Jesse G. Roark, age 85 of Avondale, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at his home. He was the longtime companion to Ruby P. Testerman who passed away in 2018. He is also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Ruth Roark. Born on February 27, 1935 in West Jefferson, NC he was the son of the late William and Etta (Perry) Roark.

Mr. Roark was a career carpenter working for Basciani Foods in Avondale and in retirement working for himself. He made many clocks, cabinets, musical instruments and many other furniture items. He also loved antique cars, guns and knives and spent much of his free time going to auctions. Most of all he loved his family and his dogs.

Mr. Roark is survived by his children, Janet Mosier and husband Frank of Landenberg, Jimmy Roark and wife Wilma of Avondale, Tim Roark and wife Donna of Avondale, and Jan Jennings of Avondale; his step children Jimmy, Bruce, Greg, Pauline, and Carla. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are planned for Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11 AM at the Homeville Cemetery, Cochranville, PA. Rev. Ken Hall will officiate. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mr. Roarkโ€™s name to The Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Please visit Mr. Roarkโ€™s online memorial by going to

Memorial Donations

The Brandywine Valley SPCA

1212 Phoenixville Pike
West Chester, PA 19380


Graveside Service

August 17, 2020 11:00 AM Homeville Cemetery, Cochranville, PA


  1. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family. I was just thinking about him the other day. I knew Jesse from a young teenager spending most of my weekends with Kathy Taylor Miller. God bless you all.

    Deborah Poe Liehr | August 15, 2020 at 6:29 PM
  2. Janet and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I am praying for all of you.

    Sandi Seifred Hampton | August 15, 2020 at 12:26 PM
  3. Jim, Tim & families,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad passing, Jesse was always so soft spoken & kind when he would come in for coffee.
    We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

    Patricia A. Malchione | August 15, 2020 at 12:27 AM
  4. So sorry for your loss, what a great man and greatest carpenter who taught his boys well miss Jess coming up to visit with Dom and wheeling and dealing always ran into him at an auction or yard sale may he Rest In Peace your in our thoughts and prayers

    Dominick & Norma | August 13, 2020 at 7:04 PM
  5. So sorry for your loss. Remember seeing you dad when he would come out to her my dad or Danny performing bluegrass locally. Also had a smile. Tim, Donna and Jessica keeping you all I pray.

    Kay and Mark Hoover

    Kay Hoover | August 13, 2020 at 5:51 PM
  6. So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking and praying for the family.

    Larry & Norma Mosier | August 13, 2020 at 12:48 PM
  7. I remember Jesse when I was a kid growing up. He was always such a gentleman, kind and considerate of others. Heโ€™s left a family legacy with his beautiful children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren. Sending prayers and hugs to all the family.

    Bruce A. Price | August 13, 2020 at 1:01 AM
  8. So sorry for your loss. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ for you all

    The Weeks-Imming Family

    Teri Weeks | August 12, 2020 at 10:23 PM
  9. Tim, we are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Praying for you and Donna and family!

    Kirtie and Freda Simpkins | August 12, 2020 at 6:51 PM
  10. So sorry to hear of Jesse passing had the pleasure of working with him years ago . Also went to many auctions with him. He was a great man to be around I don’t ever remember him being upset about anything was always fun to be around. My heart goes out to the family.

    Cecil E Dilley jr | August 12, 2020 at 5:32 PM

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