Richard H. "Dick" Roder, age 74, of Alta, passed away on July 13, 2008 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center of Sioux City. A funeral service were held on July 16 at the United Methodist Church of Alta. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Alta. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Richard was born Aug. 31, 1933 in Marathon, the son of Floyd and
Harriet Roder and married Dorothy Clark on March 21, 1959 in Hollywood,
Richard was a 1952 graduate of Marathon High School, and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 1956. While attending college, Richard pitched for the Hawkeye baseball team, and he continued his baseball career with the Storm Lake White Caps. He eventually turned down an opportunity to play for the Dodgers' minor league organization. Richard also found time to attain a pilot's license and an electrician's license.
While living in California, he was employed as an engineer, working on missile guidance systems. He moved his family back to Iowa in 1964, and taught high school science for 33 years, 21 of which were in Alta.
Richard was a member of the Methodist Church in Alta and was always working on a project. Nothing pleased him more than helping his kids with their projects as well. He also liked to dabble in oil painting and photography.
He was a wonderful husband, father, neighbor, and friend and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy, and their four children: Susan Roder of Aurelia; Jon and Karen Roder of Cedar Rapids,
Joshua and Tyler; Mike and Gail Roder, Brian, Kyle, Michaela, and Mathew of
Washington, Iowa; Mark and Shannon Roder, Brody, Bradly, and Carter of
Wellsburg. One brother, Charles and Loy Roder or Arnolds Park and their children: Shannon and Terry; Shane; Charlie and Tracy; Angie and John.