Family Tree of Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Explore the family tree of NFL Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, from his Roethlisberger roots in Switzerland to his deep roots in Ohio, including the Foust, Heslop, Shoemaker, Decker, Foster, Zimmerly, Saunders and Amstutz families, among others. 

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Generations 1 & 2 - Parents

Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers. Getty Images Sport / George Gojkovich

1. Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger was born 2 March 1982 in Lima, Allen, Ohio to Kenneth T. Roethlisberger and Ida Jane Foust. 1 Ben's parents divorced in 1984 when Ben was 2 years old. 2 Ida later remarried to Daniel N. Protsman. 3 Ben was raised by his father and his step-mother, Brenda.


2. Kenneth Todd Roethlisberger, a former pitcher and quarterback at Georgia Tech, was born in 1956 to Kenneth Carl Roethlisberger and Audrey Louise Heslop. 4


3. Ida Jane Foust was born on 12 September 1956 in Ohio to Franklin "Frank" Foust and Frances Arlene "Fran" Shoemaker. 5 She died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident on 24 September 1990 while on the way to pick up Ben at his Dad's for a weekend together when Ben was just 8 years old. 6 When Ben points up to heaven after each Steelers touchdown, it is for both God and his mother, Ida.

Ken Roethlisberger and Ida Jane Foust were married on 1 September 1979 in Allen County, Ohio 7, and divorced on 26 July 1984 in Allen County, Ohio. 8 They had two children:

+1. i. Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger
ii. Carlee Roethlisberger
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Generation 3 - Grandparents

Paternal Grandfather:

4. Kenneth Carl Roethlisberger was born 16 Aug 1922 in Allen County, Ohio, to Aldine Roethlisberger and Clara Estella Zimmerly. He served with the reserves as a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps during WWII, including 18 months in the South Pacific. 9 Kenneth C. Roethlisberger married Audrey Louise Heslop on 4 Sep 1945 in Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, 10 and the couple had three sons. He died 25 Jun 2005 in Lima, Allen, Ohio. 11

Paternal Grandmother:

5. Audrey Louise Heslop was born about 1924 in Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, to Wilbur Beemer Heslop and Louise Saunders. 12 She is still living.

Maternal Grandfather:

6. Franklin E. Foust was born in 1936 in Allen County, Ohio, the son of Lowell E. Foust and Ida M. Foster. He married Frances Arlene Shoemaker on 14 Aug 1955 at the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren in Lima, Allen Ohio. 13 He is still living.

Maternal Grandmother:

7. Frances Arlene Shoemaker was born in 1937 in Allen County, Ohio, to Lloyd H. Shoemaker and Frances Virgina Decker. 14 She is still living.

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Generation 4 - Paternal Great-Grandparents

Paternal Grandfather's Father:
8. Aldine Roethlisberger was born 30 Oct 1893 in Bluffton, Allen, Ohio, to Carl W. Roethlisberger and Mariann Amstutz. 15 Aldine married Clara Estella Zimmerly about 1921, with whom he raised two boys, and worked as a mail carrier in Lima for 33 years. 16 He died 13 Feb 1953 in Lima, and is buried in Ebenezer Cemetery in Bluffton, Allen, Ohio. 17

Paternal Grandfather's Mother:
9. Clara Estella Zimmerly was born about 10 Jan 1892 in Allen County, Ohio, to Peter Zimmerly and Mariana Keiner. 18 She died 7 Feb 1981 in Lima and is buried in Ebenezer Cemetery in Bluffton, Allen, Ohio. 19

Paternal Grandmother's Father:
10. Wilbur Beemer Heslop was born 14 Nov 1889 in Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, the son of Robert Greenwood Heslop and Eleanor K. Beymor. 20 He married Louise Saunders about 1915 and the couple raised four children. Wilbur worked as an undertaker and merchant in his father's business, R. G. Heslop Furniture and Undertaking. 21 He died 11 Nov 1986 in Martins Ferry. 22

Paternal Grandmother's Mother:
11. Louise Saunders was born 7 Nov 1893 in Ohio to William Saunders and Mary P. Ellis. 23 She died 3 Aug 1983 in Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio. ​24

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Generation 4 - Maternal Great-Grandparents

Maternal Grandfather's Father:
13. Lowell Edward Foust was born 22 May 1906 in Marion Township, Allen, Ohio, to Amos Edward Foust and Magdalena Peiffer. 25 Lowell Foust married Ida M. Foster about 1918. 26 He and his wife, Ida, both tragically died as the result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on 24 Feb 1950, leaving behind five children. Ida died instantly, and Lowell died in the hospital a few days later on 27 Feb 1950. The couple ​was buried in a double rite ceremony at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos, Allen, Ohio. 27

Maternal Grandfather's Mother:
14. Ida M. Foster was born 11 Jul 1910 in Delphos, Allen, Ohio to Henry Franklin Foster and Pauline Elizabeth Kuester. 28 She died on 24 Feb 1950 (see above) and is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos. 29

Maternal Grandmother's Father:
15. Lloyd H. Shoemaker was born 23 Nov 1909 in Ohio to William E. Shoemaker and Clara E. Leedy. 30 He married Frances Virginia Decker during the early 1930s. 31 He died of a heart attack on 19 Mar 1974 in Sandusky, Ohio. 32

Maternal Grandmother's Mother:
16. Frances Virginia Decker was born 25 Sep 1919 in Lima, Allen, Ohio, to John W. Decker and Jennie Mowery. 33 She died 7 Apr 1976 in Lima, Ohio. 34