Ray H. Roder

Ray H. Roder, 87, of Sumner, died Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Interment will be held Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner with military rites conducted by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 29th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. 

Ray Howard, son of William and Erna (Wolfgram) Roder was born July 1, 1929, at the family farm of rural, Sumner. He was baptized September 8, 1929, and confirmed March 29, 1942, at Salem Evangelical Church in Sumner and received his education in the country schools of rural Sumner. On September 30, 1947, he was united in marriage with Betty Meyer at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reform Church in Tripoli. Ray served in the United States Army from 1953-1954 during the Korean Conflict before being honorably discharged. Ray farmed his entire life on the Roder family farm just west of Sumner. He was a long time member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, rural Sumner, before becoming a member at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli. He was a member of the Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner and the Swiss Valley Farms. Ray and Betty were rural courier carriers for many years. On June 17, 2014, Ray was able to enjoy an honor flight to Washington, D.C. He enjoyed playing cards, but his true passion was farming and time spent with family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Betty of Sumner, Ray is survived by his four children, Allen (Nancy Johnson) Roder of Osceola, Wisconsin, Randy Roder of Sumner, Sharon (Fred) Droste of Maquoketa and David (Jeanne) Roder of New Hampton; six grandchildren, Amanda, Michelle, Michael, Ashley, Bob and Aubrey; two great-grandchildren, Allison and Dalton; and one sister-in-law, Marlyn Meyer of Denver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Erna; one brother, Paul Roder; one sister, Elizabeth Roder; one sister-in-law, Marie Mahlstedt; and two brothers-in-law, Raymond Meyer and Willis Mahlstedt.


Steve loshman on December 6, 2016 at 6:51 PM said:

Sorry to hear about your fathers passing. May he RIP... Steve
Cindy Hemel (Jurgensen) on December 1, 2016 at 12:13 PM said:

Deepest Sympathies to Betty, Al, Randy, Sharon & David. So sorry we unable to attend. I have many good memories of time spent together that I will always treasure.
Dennis & Sharon Miller Tripoli, Ia on November 29, 2016 at 12:37 PM said:

Many thoughts & prayers, to you all!!
Memories are Treasures of the Heart!!
DIANE JESS (COUSIN) on November 29, 2016 at 6:55 AM said:

Betty: My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the
loss of Ray. He will be missed. Cherish the Memories.
Mike Reyerson on November 29, 2016 at 5:12 AM said:

Betty and family,

I worked as a bundle delivery driver and Asst. Transportation Mgr. at The Courier and always enjoyed Ray. He was a fantastic man. My sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Elaine and Dave Hughes (Cousins) on November 28, 2016 at 7:43 PM said:

Betty...So sorry about Ray.You have our deepest sympathy!
He will be missed by many. We have our many happy memories, as you, Allen , Randy, David and Sharon and their families have. May God bless you all. Sincerely,
Elaine & Dave
Cathy,Peter & Braxton
Connie, Mark & family
Scott and Dustin
Keith and Lucy Wiebbecke on November 28, 2016 at 6:58 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing Ray is wrapped in Jesus arms.
sherry nielsen on November 28, 2016 at 12:09 PM said:

My sincerest sympathies to you Betty and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
John and Diane Dockendorf on November 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM said:

We are so very sorry for your loss. May your memories help you through this sad time. God bless and keep you all.
Beth Diers on November 28, 2016 at 10:58 AM said:

You have my heart felt condolences Betty, and family. It was a pleasure knowing Ray.
Judy Speicher on November 28, 2016 at 9:07 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Marv & Kelly Christensen on November 28, 2016 at 8:34 AM said:

Betty and family thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Ray was a great guy and will be missed by many.K
fred droste brothers and sisters on November 28, 2016 at 8:13 AM said:

Our hearts go out to the family at this loss of a wonderful dad and husband to you all. Know you are in our prayers. He lead a full and wonderful life leaving you with many great memories.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

We welcome your comments and feedback about our website!
 Click here to send us your comments


© 2008-2018 Becker-Milnes Rettig.   Site designed and hosted by Web Design by Duhrkopf