Jack “The Barber” Roscher

Jack Roscher was born in Toledo, Ohio on Feb. 5, 1941. He passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 5. He was 83 years old.

His family moved to the Glendale area when he was 3 years old. He then graduated from Glendale High School in 1958, continued on to barber school where he earned his license in 1959. His first job was at Johnny’s Barber Shop in La Cañada; he then bought Montrose Barber Shop in 1968. Cutting hair for four generations, Jack kept the shop within his family, handing over the reins to his granddaughter Lynn in 2015. Loved for his caring nature and wit, Jack left the community of Montrose far better than he found it.

He married his first wife Gail Montgomery in 1959 and had three children: Dennis (who preceded Jack in death in 2017), Jeff and Beth. He also had grandchildren Lynn, Joleen, Bailey and Rebecca and great-grandchildren Jacob, Emma, Owen and Brianna.

Jack is survived by his wife of almost 40 years Diane (née Espiritu). They loved line dancing, going to movies, shopping and traveling – especially to Maui. He was extremely active and athletic, playing tennis, lifting weights, mountain biking and practicing karate – he loved to tell how he sparred with Chuck Norris. A lifelong fan of USC and Rams, his love of football and community carried over to coaching his kids and others in football along with his daughter in cheerleading. Oh, and he loved his cars! Jack’s love of cars led to the creation of the Montrose Car Show, which started as an idea in his barber shop and is now a fixture on the Montrose calendar.

His legacy is that he was able to touch and be a part of the lives of so many people, caring for them fully and helping everyone that he could. He truly loved what he did and every person who he met.

An open house celebration of life will be held at Montrose Barber Shop, 3810 Ocean View Blvd., on Monday, Feb. 19 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.