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Roger L. Sunderland, 74

April 15, 2014

Roger L. Sunderland, 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:11 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by is family. He was born in Lima on Sept. 9, 1939, to Martin Jacob and Minnie E. Brown Sunderland — both parents preceded him in death. On June 10, 1961, he married Dolores A. Gierhart, who survives in Wapakoneta.

Mr. Sunderland was retired from Teledyne-Ohio Steel. He enjoyed music, spending time in his garage and with his family.

He is survived by four children, Randall (Kathleen) Sunderland, of New Knoxville, Melanie (Theodore) Fullenkamp, Robert (Teresa) Sunderland, and Paul ‘Joe’ Sunderland, all of Wapakoneta; 12 grandchildren, Kevin, Jared, Renae (Paul), Brandon (Sarah), Logan, Chase, Myles, Kristopher (Katie), Patti, Amanda, Hannah, Emily; 11 great-grandchildren; two special friends, Brian and Andy; two brothers, Charles (Marsha) Sunderland, of Spencerville, and Vernon (Mary Lou) Sunderland, of Lima; three sisters, Vera (Leonard) Elshoff, of Spencerville, Waneta ‘Nete’ (Joe) Meier, of Cridersville and Carol (Lee) Klima, of Wapakoneta; and a sister-in-law, Frankie Sunderland, of Spencerville.

He is preceded in death by a grandson, Shane Douglas, and four siblings, Carl ‘Gus’ and (Minnie) Sunderland, Harold ‘Dutch’ Sunderland, Ruth Meeker, Mildred (Robert ‘Bob’) Tangeman, and a brother-in-law, Everett ‘Smokey’ Welch.

The family will receive friends from 2–4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, at the funeral home. Family friend Steve Nelson will officiate. Burial will follow at Ft. Amanda Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Rita’s Hospice or Auglaize Acres Activity Fund. Online condolences may be shared at

Arrangements are by Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.

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