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Shane Michael Roshto, 22, of Liberty, Miss., died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in an offshore oil rig explosion. Visitation was at Bethel Baptist Church in Liberty on Wednesday until memorial service, with the Rev. Dusty Rhodes officiating. Mr. Roshto was born in Baton Rouge. His family moved to Liberty in 1999. He was a great husband and father. He never met a stranger and befriended everyone. He was an inspiration to his friends and family. Mr. Roshto loved his job. He was ambitious and had a strong work ethic. Even after over three years working on the rig, his co-workers tended to “baby” him because of his young age. Blaine Michael, his 3-year-old son, was his dad’s shadow. Like his father, Blaine developed a love of the outdoors at an early age. Mr. Roshto wrote two dates - his wedding day and his son’s birthday - inside of his hard hat. He referred to these dates when he was having a bad day. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Verna Mae Jordan; grandfather, Alfred Roshto; and uncles, Kyle Jordan and Fred Roshto. Survivors include his wife, Natalie; son, Michael Blaine; mother and stepfather, Denise and Bobby Arnold of Meadville; father and stepmother, Ronnie and Debbie Roshto of Walker; sister and brother-in-law, Diana and Ed Evans, Greensburg; nephews, Jayce Walker and Wyatt Evans, both of Greensburg; brother and sister-in-law, Rusty and Allison Roshto, Walker; niece and nephew, Laney and Cade, both of Walker; stepsister, Andrea Arnold of Franklin County; maternal grandfather, Walter “Jack” Jordan of Clinton; paternal grandmother, Eula Mae Roshto Gremillion of Brusly; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lyn and Mike Gurney of Liberty; and two brothers-in-law, Josh and Braeden Gurney, both of Liberty. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Johnson, his rig manager, Ron Arnold, co-worker and friends, James Hayes, Kyle Marshall, Dale Floyd and Bobby Hollingsworth
Once he even put his life at risk for the company, said Matthew Sudduth, a brother-in-law.
"Something went wrong on the rig he was on, it started listing extremely badly and started taking on water," Sudduth said. "A hatch needed to be opened under the water line, and when they asked for volunteers, the only one to stick his hand up was Karl. Karl had no dive experience."
He went under, opened the hatch and the rig with its 125 workers stayed afloat.