Dave was born Aug. 25, 1939, in Wausau, to Francis L. Roman and Catherine M. (Turrish) Roman. He lived in Marathon City until the age of 10, when the family moved to Stevens Point. In 1952, he was a member and an all-star for the first Little League team in Stevens Point. He pitched a no-hitter on the opening day of the season.
He attended St. Stephen's Catholic Grade School and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School where he starred in football and baseball. He earned his college degree from UWSP and then played three years of professional baseball for the Minnesota Twins organization.
In 1966, he began his career in life insurance sales and investments, earning his CLU and ChFC designations. He married Dori (Allen) in 1968, and together they conducted business at Dave Roman & Associates until their retirement in 2005. Dave also was a partner/owner in the ROSPAR office building on Main Street until it was sold in 2005. Dave was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, Life Underwriters, Kiwanis Club, Stevens Point Country Club and St. Stephen's Catholic Church, where he started the Men's Prayer Group (Prayer Warriors) in 1995, which continues to this day.
Dave's love of sports continued over the years and he played softball for The Flame and The Unique, as well as racquetball and golf. He had an enthusiasm for life and loved his church, his work, and his family and always displayed a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Dori; and his brothers, George (Virginia) Roman and Fran T. (Bobbie) Roman, both of Stevens Point; his sister, Marilyn (Tom) Helgestad of Wisconsin Rapids; many nieces and nephews; and a very special great-niece, Bailey Roman. His family was always there for him as he accepted the challenges of his final years. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per his wishes, there will be no visitation or public funeral, but a private memorial Mass will be held for the immediate family.
Shuda Funeral Services and Crematory of Stevens Point and Plover is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dave's name for St. Steven's Parish.
We wish to thank the staff at Sylvan Crossing, Aspirus Hospice Care, as well as Dr. Bill Benn of Aspirus and Dr. Paul Atkinson of Ministry Medical for their efforts in providing Dave with the best possible end-of-life care.