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“Bill: You always acted so tough - but to make it through this life until 91, I guess you have to be tough. Well known secret: you were also a ...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Jacquelynne Barret - Milwaukee, WI

“O dear Bill, I always enjoyed running into you at an auction or horse event. I purchased your favorate horse Charlie from you and loved the ...Read More »
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“As a distant neighbor, friend, and Caledonia Conservancy board memeber, I will never forget Bill. He was always friendly, and took time to stand and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Joseph J Weinzatl - Oak Creek, WI

“My deepest sympathies to the family! He will be deeply missed. We should all live to such a ripe, old age and be so spunky and independent. I have...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lisa Borzynski - Eagle, WI

“I will always be grateful for the time he spent teaching me to load and haul horses. He was true true horse character. A Caledonia Cowboy, along...Read More »
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William Jacob Roeder, Jr.

Caledonia- William Jacob Roeder, Jr., 91, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Bill was born in Seneca, KS on December 14, 1920 to William Jacob and Marie (nee: Hopf) Roeder. He married Joyce C. Edwards. She preceded him in death on April 3, 2006. Bill Drove for Greyhound until his retirement in 1976. He was a hobby farmer and boarded horses. He was a member of the Caledonia Conservancy.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Marcia M. (James R.) Chitko of Green Bay and Karen (Michael R.) Roeder-Foley of Racine; grandchildren, Jamie and Kimberley Chitko of Green Bay, Nicole (Dale) Moss of Kenosha, Michael (Shannon) Chitko of Milwaukee and Kathleen and Joseph Foley of Racine; 6 great grandchildren; and sisters in law, Pauline Roeder of Caledonia and Shirley Roeder of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Edward, Gerald, Paul and Emmitt.

Memorial visitation for Bill will be held at Racine Country Club, 2801 Northwestern Avenue on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. followed by a brief prayer service and luncheon. Inurnment will take place in St. Louis Cemetery at a later date. Memorials to Caledonia Conservancy, P.O. Box 044714, Racine, WI 53404 have been suggested.