obit: Loddie F. Roeder, Sr. - mom Krenek
- 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 God.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 same.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 78131Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home New BraunfelsNew Braunsfels Herald-Zeitung, Friday, August 2, 2002Submitted by Rosemary Ermis