Albert H. Roder, 71, of Remsen, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen after a courageous one and one-half year battle with cancer.
Albert H. Roder was born Aug. 10, 1932, at rural Neptune, the son of William and Clara (Schwarz) Roder. In the spring of 1936, he moved with his family to a farm north of Remsen where he was raised and received his education in the rural school system. On May 14, 1953 he entered the U.S. Army and served on active duty until May 13, 1955, when he was transferred to the Army Reserve, being honorably discharged on May 15, 1961.
He married Marjorie Block on Aug. 25, 1955 at Ashton. They made their home at Alton where he was employed at Alton Premium Feeds from June 1955 until March 1958. In November 1957 they moved near Ashton, where they started farming in March 1958. In May 1988 they moved near Remsen to care for Albert's parents, where they farmed until 1997. He was currently semi-retired working part time as a farm laborer for Roman and Joe Staab.
Marjorie died Aug. 2, 2003. Albert moved into Remsen Oct. 4, 2003, and had been a resident of Happy Siesta since Oct. 28, 2003.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include six sons and their wives, Lynn and Karen, Allen and Myrna, Kenneth and Donna, all of Ashton, Stanley and Rita of Dillon, Mont., Randal and Lori of Sheldon, and Gary and Beth of Black River Falls, Wis.; four daughters and their husbands, Jolene and Clark Zahrt of Spencer, Diane and Kevin White of Peterson, Nancy and Rod Dobney of Walker, and Janet and Doug Sorenson of Breda; a former daughter-in-law, Therese Roder of Sioux City; 26 grandchildren; 3 brothers and their wives, John and Pat of Dodgeville, Wis., William and Berta of Jackson, Minn., and Ron and Marge of Le Mars; 2 sisters, Joan Streck of Sioux City and Jeanette and her husband, Lyle Konrady of Aurelia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert; and one brother-in-law, Jerome Streck.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson and Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen.
Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There was a rosary at 3 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. all at the funeral home
Casketbearers will be hs sons, Lynn, Allen, Stanley, Randal, Gary and Kenneth.
Members of the Knights of Columbus will serve as honorary bearers.