Obit: Roder, Walter Ernest (1930 - 2008)
Surnames: Roder, Prager, Maier, Ruddock, Karl, Schumann
----Source: Waukesha Freeman (Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wis.) 3 Jan. 2009
Roder, Walter Ernest Dec 29, 1930 - Dec. 31, 2008
Walter Ernest Roder, 78, died Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008, in Sun City, Arizona. 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 Filed Aero. In 1984, he attended Kings School of Aeronautics in Nashville, Tenn., and got his official Federal Aviation Administration power plant and airplane mechanic's 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 roller skating 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 and friends. A memorial service and burial are planned in Mayville in the spring.
Waukesha Freeman, Jan 3, 2009
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