Cass Raymond Roquemore

Cass Raymond Roquemore passed away on Jan. 15 in Ridgecrest, surrounded by his three children, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

A memorial service will be take place at the United Method Church, 639 N. Norma St., in Ridgecrest on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 1 p.m.

In 1923, Cass was born in a small railroad settlement (no longer in existence), named Hudson, N.M. His parents, Henry and Ludie, ran a trading post. When he was 5 years old, his family moved to Dalhart, Texas.

Near the end of his senior year in high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. Immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Cass was assigned to the 2nd Division, Bulldog (Machine Gun) Company. He fought in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Tarawa and Guadalcanal.

Cass was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1945. He then took a job with the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake. Reta Foor was visiting her sister, Goldie Klein, in Ridgecrest when Reta and Cass met. They were married three months later. Reta passed away on Nov. 1, 2010. They would have been married for 64 years.

While employed at NOTS (later named the Naval Weapons Center), Cass worked for the Rocket Department, Research Department and Electronic Warfare Department. During his employment, Cass had the opportunity, among many, to work on the bioluminescent characteristics of dinoflagellates (later to become chemiluminescence); and on oceanographic studies that, at times, included Jacques Cousteau. Cass developed sonar to be carried by porpoises and helped develop and prove the short-pulse radar. Cass received a patent for a non-propulsion attachment for rockets.

He is survived by his children, daughter Twyla and husband Hal Wardell of Upland, son Glenn and wife Kiana Roquemore of Irvine and son Jeff and wife Cheryl Roquemore of Ridgecrest. Cass is also survived by seven grandchildren, Justin and wife Tami Wardell of Rancho Cucamonga; Matthew and wife Kristi Lippire of Los Angeles; Allyssa and husband Joel Potts of Portola Hills; Tyler Roquemore of Irvine; Alexandra Roquemore of Des Moines, Iowa; and Isabelle, Brooklyn and Addison Roquemore of Ridgecrest; three great-grandsons, Ayden Wardell of Rancho Cucamonga, Parker and Emmett Potts of Portola Hills; and his sister, Lola Williams of Hemet.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Irvine Valley College Foundation Veterans Memorial Clock Tower Project ( Pages/default.aspx), or the Wounded Warrior Project, would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Submitted by the family of Cass Roquemore

Story First Published: 2013-01-30