ROEDERRodney Keith Roeder, 64, of Florence, passed peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 7, 2017, after a courageous fight with an illness from which he was expected to recover. 

He overcame many challenges in his life but when his mother, his constant compan- ion, passed in May he was never the same.

She called him home.

Born in 1953 into a military family in Oshkosh, Wisc., by parents Donald and Virginia Roeder (deceased). Rod proudly enlisted in the Navy at age 17.

He trained in SERE, (survival training), was a Seabee in the Aleutian Islands, Whidbey Island and Vietnam, where he was valued for his extraordinary night vision. He was a true Patriot who dearly loved his family, friends and his country.

After the service he followed a Navy buddy to Florence, where he fell in love with the natural beauty and rugged lifestyle of the Oregon Coast, which includ- ed working in logging and commercial fishing.

He was also well known as a taxi driver and an apartment manager for many years.

Rod’s “larger than life” personality and beautiful smile permeated his everyday life: telling stories, just to get a smile if you didn’t have one, and entertaining clients at his wife’s salon or listening to their concerns. He was a compassionate man with a big heart.

In that spirit, he volun- teered at the Roseburg VA Hospital where he encouraged and counseled veterans who had lost limbs and at Peace Harbor Medical Center, where he was loved by so many. He was so proud to wear his PHMC shirt!

Roeder is survived by his wife, T. Luisa Roeder; his brothers: Rick (Penney) Roeder and Don (Veronica) Roeder; his daughters: Christine Steinert, along with her husband and three chil- dren; Kelsey R. Roeder; and his son, Kyle K. Roeder.

God Bless the memory of Rod Roeder. He will be sorely missed by so many friends, family and Florentines!

An Inurnment Service will held Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., at Pacific Sunset Cemetery on Highway 126 in Florence.

A Celebration of Life will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. that day at the Florence Elks Lodge, 1686 12th St.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rod’s name can be made to POW-MIA “You are Not Forgotten,” 318 West 41st Street, Savannah, Ga., 31401.

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