Roger Dean Roediger, 81, died at 1:48 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013.
His life was a gift to all who knew him.
Mr. Roediger was born Sept. 10,1931, in Wapakoneta, to Ruby (Wentz) and Alfred Tobias Roediger who proceeded him in death. Mr. Roediger was a 1949 graduate of Blume High School. On July 29, 1953, he married Evelyn M. Kantner at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Wapakoneta. They had a loving relationship.
Mr. Roediger is survived by his widow, Evelyn M. Roediger; son, Stephen Roger (Mary), of Albany; two daughters, Kathryn Ellen (Jon) Roediger, of Wapakoneta, and Linda Ann (Richard) Barton, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Tobias, Jeremiah, Rebekah, Micah, and Thad Roediger, Samuel Carter, and Jae Lee, Rachel and Grace Barton; and four great-grandchildren, Maya, Emma, Ethan and Jayden Roediger.
Roger wanted to let everyone know that he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He loved his family and family get togethers.
Photography and video were lifelong hobbies. He received much joy being able to share these with family and friends.
He grew up on the Roediger Jersey Dairy Farm west of Wapakoneta. He worked with his parents in partnership on the farm where they operated the Cream Line Dairy, processing and delivering bottled milk.
From 1954 to 1956, he served in the Army Signal Corp as a radio and communicator at Regimental Headquarters Co., Camp Whittington, in Japan. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1959 attaining a bachelor’s of science degree and in 1960 received the master of arts degree in agricultural education. He received freshman honorary, Phi Eta Sigma. From 1960 thru 1970, he was a vocational agricultural instructor for Lincolnview High School and taught adult classes at Lincolnview High School near Van Wert. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching the students. During his time at Van Wert, he was elected and served as Van Wert city 2nd ward councilman.
In 1970, he returned to The Ohio State University to pursue a Ph.D Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education where a nine-month internship was required beyond the typical doctorate program. In 1975 he was director of a national project for the U.S. Office of Education to offer the curriculum of seven new agricultural related occupations beyond farming. During this time he served as assistant director of the Ohio Agricultural Educational Curriculum Materials Service for the State of Ohio. In 1975, he received the doctor of philosophy degree in vocational education from the Ohio State University. In 1982, he was appointed director of the Ohio Agricultural Educational Curriculum Materials Service. He served as director until his retirement in March of 1992.
During his time at Ohio State he was appointed adjunct associate professor of agricultural education, and received the Honorary American Farmers Degree and Honorary Ohio FFA Degree.
In 1981, he started the Roediger Berry Farm at his parents’ farm located west of Wapakoneta, which he owned and operated until 2010 when he and his wife moved into Wapakoneta.
He served in the churches he belonged to in Wapakoneta, Van Wert and Columbus.
The most memorable was his service on the church and ministry committee in the Northwest Area Association of the United Church of Christ. He was also an active member of the Gideons International Association.
A celebration of Mr Roediger’s life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta, with the Revs. Becky Sunday and Elaine Mikesell officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post 8445.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be given in his memory to the Leukemia and Lymphonia Society, lls.org or 1-888-557-7177, the Gideons International or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta.