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Monday, October 13, 2008

We're surviving...

Thanks to all for your prayers, cards, flowers, memorials and encouragement the past week. It's been a long, tough week. But, we were so happy to get back home this weekend. Jereme is just taking one day, one task at a time. The service was great...the ministers did a wonderful job honoring Rodger and his family. The Patriot Guard led the funeral procession with their American flags flying and the American Legion riders also provided an escort. Rodger would've loved it...there were over 100 motorcycles. He was buried with military honors, which is always a tear-jerking event. I have pics of the boys to update so look for those soon. Below is the more personal obituary that the family wrote for Rodger.

Rodger Lee House was born on August 9, 1948 in Nashville, KS. He was Franklin and Maxine’s youngest child. Rodger had two sisters, Janet Wreath and Carol Hoffman, and one brother, Gary House.

Rodger grew up on the farm just outside of Isabel, Kansas. He attended grade and high school in Isabel. Rodger then went to Pratt Community College and transferred to Fort Hays State University where he earned a Bachelor in Agriculture. While in Hays, he joined the Army National Guard. Rodger married Betty Aline Fellers on July 13, 1968.

Rodger was preceded in death by a son Christopher Lynn. Jeffery Lee was born in Hays on June 19, 1971. On September 18, 1976, Jereme Jon was born and a daughter, Kristina Joann, was born on December 30, 1980.

Rodger and Betty moved back to the area in 1971. He served for six years in the Army National Guard. They raised their family in the Isabel area and Rodger farmed. He later owned and operated Rodger’s Spraying Service until his death.

Rodger never knew a stranger. He always greeted people with a smile and was ready to talk. One of his favorite topics was his grandchildren: Kylie, Isabel, Cody, Isaac, Jorden, Ashton and K.D. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Arian.

All three kids have vivid memories of riding equipment, going to the co-op and checking cattle. Rodger was one of the hardest working people and he instilled a strong work ethic in his children. Rodger was so proud of his kids and grandkids and loved his time with them.

Rodger treasured his few days with close friend, Carl, when he arrived for his annual hunting trip. Rodger enjoyed riding his motorcycle with the American Legion riders for many great causes. He also spent time with his companion, Nancy, and their dog Addie.

Jeff, Jereme and Kristina all knew that Dad would drop anything if they needed him. The kids are finding comfort in that when he died he was doing something he truly loved. His time with his children, grandchildren and loved ones was too short. The loss of Rodger will be a profound one in so many people’s lives. But, his humble ways, generous heart and passion for the land will live on in the spirit of his children.

1 comment:

Stacie said...

That's a wonderful writing on Roger. I didn't know him, but he sounds like a wonderful man. I hope you and Jeremy are doing well!! I will be praying for you both!