Henri A. Roberge Jr. (Hank)

Nov. 21, 1934-March 19, 2016.

Hank lost his brave battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He is survived by his wife, Paula Roberge, five children: Laura Moore, Daniel Roberge, Suzanne Roberge, Deborah Fermo and Betsy Heim; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Hank’s career as an aerospace engineer was primarily as a structural dynamics analyst working with space missiles and defense rockets. He worked with the Pershing Missile Project and the Apollo 11 moon landing, for which he built the battery pack that powered the experiments. He also worked on the guidance system for the Titan Missile. Durango friends will remember him as an accomplished horseman and skier. Hank was on the board of the Four Corners Back Country Horseman of Colorado, and served on the search and rescue team in both Durango and Pagosa Springs. He loved skiing and was appointed to serve on the Ski Patrol for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Hank cherished the memories of adventure in the back country with the many friends he enjoyed there.

Services will be held at the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colo., on April 9 at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made in his name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. At this time, there is no effective treatment nor cure for this fatal disease.

This story was posted on March 31, 2016.