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Celebrating the life of
COL Albert H. Roughen (USA, Ret.)
Passed away on March 13, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Visitation
  • 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Rosary
  • 8:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 12:00 p.m. - Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
  • 3115 East Victory Drive (Map)
    Thunderbolt, GA 31404

  • 354-4014
  • Burial
  • - Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 330 Bonaventure Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-651-6843

Colonel Roughen commanded the 7th Aviation Battalion in 1970-71. He was beloved by the men he lead as a gregarious character, with an Irish whit . I learned many lessons in life by following his lead. A great man who likely would not have remembered me, but I will never forget him.

Major Rick Weiss, Ballston Spa , ny

May Jehovah sustain you at this time of such great loss (2 Cor. 1:3)

Jacqueline, Loganville, GA

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

I am so very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have of COL Roughen bring you comfort during this difficult time and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”—2 Thess. 2:16, 17. For answers to any questions regarding what happens to our dead loved ones or any questions regarding the bible, please go to jw.org to find the answers.

S. Love, , Ga

We had many great conversations and family time with Colonel Roughen , he was a great American and friend. The Aliffi family will miss him dearly.

Chris Aliffi, Savannah , Georgia

We had many great conversations and family time with Colonel Roughen , he was a great American and friend. The Aliffi family will miss him dearly.

Chris Aliffi, Savannah , Georgia

It is so sad to see the patriarchs of our family leave us.All our love and prayers are with all the family and friends.

Mike Watson, Savannah, GA

COL Roughen passed away on March 13, 2018 at Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga TN at the age of 86. COL Roughen was most well-known for his service and love of family and country. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathleen Marie Roughen, two sons, Albert H. Roughen Jr. and Edward Sean Roughen, and a daughter Mary Elizabeth Roughen.

He was born in Savannah on September 14, 1931, the son of Patrick H. Roughen and Margaret Blanche Lales Roughen. COL Roughen attended Marist School and graduated from Benedictine Military School. In 1950 he enlisted in the army during the Korean Conflict and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before being selected to attend the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA where he gained his officer’s commission in the infantry.  After Officer Candidate School COL Roughen graduated Airborne School and the prestigious Ranger School as part of Ranger Class #5.  Soon after he attended the U.S. Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, AL gaining both his rotary and fixed wing qualifications.  During his 24-year career COL Roughen served in a myriad of locations to include Germany, The Republic of Vietnam, and Korea.  At the height of the Vietnam War COL Roughen commanded the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company nicknamed the “The Robin Hoods” where he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and 9 Air Medals. After the Vietnam War he attended the Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS and later served as the Post Commander at Hunter Army Airfield subsequently retiring in 1974.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in History. After retirement, COL Roughen attended John Marshal Law School in Savannah and also graduated from Savannah State College with a B.S. degree in Industrial Arts and went on to teach at the college.

COL Roughen was a founding member of the Fenian Society of Savannah, GA and a former St. Patrick Day Parade Fenian Marshal. He was a skilled boat builder and loved the Thunderbolt marshes and rivers.

He is survived by his sister Carolyn Roughen Moye, and his three children, Kathleen Mistoler (Dennis) of Bluffton, SC, Susan Cowart (John) of Morganton, GA and Thomas Roughen (Debbie) of Savannah, GA, and daughter-in-law, Nita Daniels Roughen of Eatonton, Ga, as well as 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild, 2 step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018 in the Islands Chapel of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors followed by a Rosary service at 8:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: 12:00 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church with Reverend Patrick O’Brien, Celebrant.

Pallbearers will be Matthew, Daniel, and John Roughen, Jason Cowart, Stephen Mistoler, Riley Cluff, Logan Moye, and Ben Moye.

Burial: Bonaventure Cemetery.

 

 

 

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Colonel Roughen commanded the 7th Aviation Battalion in 1970-71. He was beloved by the men he lead as a gregarious character, with an Irish whit . I learned many lessons in life by following his lead. A great man who likely would not have remembered me, but I will never forget him.

Major Rick Weiss, Ballston Spa , ny

May Jehovah sustain you at this time of such great loss (2 Cor. 1:3)

Jacqueline, Loganville, GA

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

I am so very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have of COL Roughen bring you comfort during this difficult time and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”—2 Thess. 2:16, 17. For answers to any questions regarding what happens to our dead loved ones or any questions regarding the bible, please go to jw.org to find the answers.

S. Love, , Ga

Candle tribute lit by Michael Wright — Florida

We had many great conversations and family time with Colonel Roughen , he was a great American and friend. The Aliffi family will miss him dearly.

Chris Aliffi, Savannah , Georgia

We had many great conversations and family time with Colonel Roughen , he was a great American and friend. The Aliffi family will miss him dearly.

Chris Aliffi, Savannah , Georgia

It is so sad to see the patriarchs of our family leave us.All our love and prayers are with all the family and friends.

Mike Watson, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Anthony Byerly — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Patrick — North Carolina


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