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Obituary for Theodore Roeder
19 June, 1857 - 12 January, 1933
From The Caldwell News-Tribune, 
dated Thursday, 12 January, 1933
Contributed by
Dennis McIndoo

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Wilder Resident
Passes Thursday
At Family Home

Death Summons Theodore
Roeder; Funeral Services to
be Held Sunday


     Theodore Roeder died at his home in Wilder Thursday morning.  Mr. Roeder has been a resident of Parma and Wilder for the past 21 years and an active lodge member.  Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 15, at the Methodist church of Wilder with the Rev. J. Morgenthaler officiating.  Interment will be in the Wilder cemetery.
     Mr. Roeder is survived by his widow; a son, Fred Roeder of Berthrod, Colo., a daughter, Minnie Roeder of Berthrod; two sisters, Mrs. John Zimbeck of Longmont, Colo., and Mrs. Anna Ricks of Berthrod, and a brother, Henry Roeder of Denver.
     Mr Roeder was born Jun 19, 1857, in St. Louis, Mo.  He moved to Wilder form Parma 11 years ago and prior to his 10 years of residence in Parma, Mr. Roeder lived in Boulder, Colo.  He has been in charge of the Wilder Variety store for the past 11 years.  He was an active member of the Odd Fellows, Rebekah, Masonic, Eastern Star and Elds lodges.  An illnesss of long duration preceded his death.

Also the following obituary sent by John Mutch
From the Wilder Herald
20 January, 1933

Note - Roeder and Roder were used interchangably
in the following obituary.  Also note that this obituary
states that he died January 11 and the previous
obituary states January 12.


    Funeral services for Theodore Roder, who passed away at his home in this city last Thursday morning, was held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. Morganthaler, pastor of the Baptist church here preaching the funeral sermon.
    The funeral was the largest ever held in Wilder, showing the high esteem in which deceased was held by all who knew him. Many being in attendance from Parma and Caldwell, besides intimate friends from New Plymouth and Boise.
    The Masonic lodge, Odd Fellows, Eastern Star and Rebekah orders attended in a body and a number were unable to get into the church. The floral offerings were most beautiful.
    The procession, made up of the friends was a mile long and at the cemetery the Masons had charge where the last sad rites and impressive ceremony of that order was carried out.
    Theodore Roeder was born at St. Louis, Mo., on July 19, 1857.  In this vicinity he grew to manhood, following mercantile and mechanical lines. He being of a progressive term of mind, decided he would move westward and in the year of 1896, settled in Colorado. On October of that year he was married to Miss May Thomas of Boulder. Mr. and Mrs. Roeder remained in Colorado for the following 15 years where he continued in the merchandise business but again the lure of the west appealed to him and he and Mrs. Roeder moved further west this time settling in Parma, Idaho, in the year 1911.
    They remained in Parma for the following 10 years where they made many friends and helped to build up a new community. Then in 1921 they moved to Wilder where they continued to reside until the time ofhis death.
    Mr. Roder was a man of an unusual friendly and sociable term of mind, which was emphasized by the fact that he belonged to so many social orders. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, theEastern Stars, Odd Fellows, Rebekah’s and the Elks lodges and many of the members of these orders will testify to the fact that Mr. Roeder was one of their best friends.
    Mr. Roeder also had a very keen insight into business and economical affairs and on many occasions his abilities and assistance was sought by his friends to help them through their financial problems. Mr. Roeder very often came to their assistance and sacrificed time andmoney in order to help a friend.
    Surviving Mr. Roeder are his wife, Mrs. May Roeder and two children, one son Fred Roederand a daughter Minnie Roeder both of Berthoud, Colo., also two sisters, Mrs. John Zimbeck of Longmond, Colorado, and Mrs. Anna Ricks of Berthoud, Colorado, and one brother, Henry Roeder, of Denver.
    Mr. Roeder passed away at his home in Wilder on January 11, 1933 at the age of 75years, 6 months and 22 days.

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