Walter Ernest Roder
Dec. 29, 1930 - Dec.
Walter Ernest Roder,
78, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Sun City, Ariz. Walter was born Dec.
29, 1930, in Neillsville, to John E. and Nellie G. Roder.
At age 17, he enlisted
in the 82nd Airborne Division. He trained at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and
at Fort Bragg. He served for five years and saw heavy action in Korea,
where he became a staff sergeant and squad leader.
Walter married Marimae
Schumann in June 1958 in Mayville. They resided in Waukesha, where he
worked as an airplane mechanic at Dale and Dean Crites’ Waukesha Flying
Service and at Mitchell Field Aero. In 1984, he attended Kings School of
Aeronautics in Nashville, Tenn., and got his official Federal Aviation
Administration power plant and airplane mechanics license to work on every
kind of engine. He built an Acrosport biplane while living in Waukesha.
Walter and Marimae
moved to Sun City in 1991. He built a Pitts Special biplane there. He
enjoyed rollerskating and dancing.
Walter was preceded in
death by his parents and his twin brother, Wendell.
He is survived by his
loving wife, Marimae; brothers, John A. (Shirley) Roder and Roger J.
(Jackie) Roder; sisters, Jeannine Prager, Janett (Martin) Maier and Ruth
Ruddock, all of Waukesha, and Patricia (Walter) Karl of Junction City. He
is also survived by his beloved beagle, Snoopy; and many nieces, nephews
A memorial service and
burial is planned in Mayville in the spring.
(Freeman - Jan. 3,