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Kenneth A. Roeder

Kenneth A. Roeder, 86, of Thompson, ND was a very gentle man who passed away peacefully Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.
Ken was born October, 28, 1925 in rural Thompson, ND to Alvin and Elvira (Sprunk) Roeder. He grew up in the Holmes Community and attended rural school at Union Township. After school, he farmed and raised dairy cattle with his brothers near Thompson. On August 1, 1974, he married Carolyn Yaeger in Fargo, ND. Ken was an avid softball player who coached the Holmes Softball Team for over 50 years and was inducted into the North Dakota Softball Hall of Fame in 1998. Ken was featured in the book Hometown Heroes. He also loved bowling. He served on the Union Township board for over 30 years, and was also presented the community spirit award and the Holmes Community Award.
Ken is survived by his wife: Carolyn; stepson, Michael (Peggy) Yaeger and their children Alice (10) and Andrew (7), Atlanta, GA, stepdaughter, Mary Yaeger, Grand Forks, ND; brother, Norman (Jean) Roeder, rural Thompson.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Myron.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 25, 2012 at 10:30am at Holmes United Methodist Church, rural Reynolds, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 24th, from 5:00-7:00 with a 7:00pm prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood, ND.

Memorials are preferred to the Holmes United Methodist Church, Circle of Friends Humane Society, and the Thompson Fire and Rescue Squad.

Burial: Holmes Cemetery

Clergy: Pastor Sheri Fadley and Pastor Mark Ellingson

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Ken was a peaceful, gentle soul with a heart of gold. At times when I would visit, Ken and I could just stand out in the yard and look at the clouds on the horizon....just wondering if they might be headed for us or not. Not many words needed to be spoken. I always felt at peace in Ken's presence. He is now with those that have gone before him, including a number of beloved dogs I would guess. My prayers go out to Aunt Carolyn, and cousins Mike and Mary, and the Roeder family.

David Overby Jun 19 2012 12:00 AM

Kenny will be missed by us so much. He was such a great neighbor. He was so friendly and we all enjoyed his company. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Kim (Hoselton), Todd, Courtney and Samantha Garman

Kim Hoselton Garman May 21 2012 12:00 AM