Loddie F. Roeder, Sr died peacefully at McKenna
Memorial Hospital on July 30. He was a loving husband, father,
grandfather, and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Priscilla;
his son, Paul W. and wife, Linda, of Chula Vista, Calif.; son, Loddie F. and
wife, Rae Ann of New Braunfels; daughter, Cynthia Melena, of Port Aransas;
daughter, mary Nan and husband, Mickey Castro, of Grapevine; son, Jeffrey A. of
Austin; daughter, Laura and husband, Tony Vela of Wimberley; daughter, Pauline,
and husband, William Richardson, of Boca Raton, Fla. Also grandchildren,
Pauline Preuss and husband, Matthew, Matthew Castro and wife Rhonda; Nina
Castro; Loddie F. Roeder III; Natalie Castro; Nicholas Roeder; Kathryn Roeder;
Mark Castro; Michael Vela; and Kevin Vela. Three great-grandchildren:
Minmei Preuss, Andrey Castro and Thomas Suarez. He is also survived by a
brother, Benjamin G. Roeder and wife Marguerite, of Robstown. A niece,
Nancy Guernsey; great niece, Laura Guernsey; and a nephew, Benjamin Roeder, all
of Houston. He is also survived by the Derks and Picard families who loved
him dearly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (nee Murphy)
Roeder, and a sister, August Sistrunk.
Mr. Roeder was born near Shiner, Texas on Aug. 25,
1920, the third child of William J. and Albina (nee Krenek) Roeder. At a
young age his family moved to Robstown where he attended school and worked at
the W.J. Roeder Cotton Gin. He graduated from Robstown High School in
1938. Very soon after the stat of WWII, he joined the Army Air Corp and
trained as a pilot. He served his country on domestic and foreign
shores. He was a member of the Fifth Ferrying Flight Group that shuttled
planes across the Atlantic Ocean from Boston to the European front. The
mission -- above all else -- was to get the plane to Europe safely. He
made many trips and achieved his mission every time. Later in the war, he
was a member of the 10th Combat Cargo Squadron stationed at Dinjan, India.
As a Humpster, he flew cargo and Chinese troops in support of the war effort
against the Japanese. Flying through and between the Himalayan Mountains,
under the most treacherous circumstances, he and his crew put their trust in
Mr. Roeder married Pauline Murphy of Boston, Mass.,
on Feb. 6, 1944 in St. Joseph, Mo. After WWII, he attended the University
of Texas at Austin; graduating in 1949 with a degree in Business. He was
an avid Longhorn fan and encouraged his children and grandchildren to be the
Having pursued a career in banking sales, he
retired in 1986 to Lake Kiowa, Texas, where he pursued his life long love of
playing golf, planting flowers, growing vegetables and trimming trees. His
friends and neighbors saw him everyday working to improve the golf course he
loved. There was never a moment when he was not doing something outside to
make everyone's surroundings more beautiful.
In 1988 Loddie married Priscilla Derks at Niagara
Falls, N.Y. Together, they played golf, traveled to Hump Pilots
Association conventions, and visited with their beloved families.
Mr. Roeder was proud of his Czech heritage, being a
descendant of early settlers in the Shiner/Praha area. he was a devout
Catholic and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus. He was actively
involved in the Boy Scouts of America, encouraging his sons and grandsons to
follow the scouting tradition. He was proud of his country, his state, his
university, but most of all, he was proud of his family. He loved each
child and grandchild unconditionally and delighted in everything they did.
He supported them in all their endeavors. He worked hard, provided well
for his family, and instilled in them values for a lifetime. Everyone who
met him loved him. He was an honorable and decent man.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral
Home. A Memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and
Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Edward Bily, Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr.
Roeder's memory to the St. Mary's Catholic School Scholarship Fund, C/O Mr. John
Metzler, 825 N. Weaver St., Gainsville, Texas 7u6240; The Alzheimer's
Association, So. Central Texas Chapter, 7400 Louis pasteur Suite 200, San
Antonio, Texas; or the American Cancer Society Comal Cty, Unit, P.O. Box 310241,
New Braunfels, Texas 78131
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home New Braunfels
New Braunsfels Herald-Zeitung, Friday, August 2, 2002
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis