Willard James Roedel, lifelong resident of McCook, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, McCook. He was 82 years old.
Willard was born May 30, 1936 in McCook to parents Elmer F. and Magdelina A. (Hinz) Roedel. He was one of four children born to this union.
Willard grew up in McCook where he attended school, graduating from McCook High School in 1954.
On April 4, 1965, Willard married the love of his life, Caroline (Akey) Roedel in McCook. The couple made their home in McCook and were blessed with three children.
Over the years, Willard farmed southeast of McCook with his father, raising hogs and various crops.
In July 1971, Willard began a second career as a driver for UPS. His route would take him to the Grant, Imperial and Venango communities. Willard retired in December 1999.
As a family, they attended Peace Lutheran Church in McCook where Willard was also an active member.
Willard could often be found working in his yard or tending to his garden. Dancing was a favorite past time he shared with Carol, and the two loved square dancing together. Willard also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as time allowed.
In his final years at Hillcrest, Willard made it his goal to keep the staff in stitches with his witty sense of humor and fun loving pranks.
Willard was preceded in death by his parents; wife Carol; an infant son; and sisters Marilyn Dutton and Donna Pflum.
Those left to mourn his passing include daughters Gina (Shane) Hatch of Lincoln and Joni (Kevin) Stimits of Larkspur, Colorado; sister Rhonda (Al) Nokes of Minden; and four grandchildren, Andrew Hatch of Lincoln, Corey (Niki) Lupton of Tyler, Texas, and Olivia and Haylie Stimits, both of Larkspur, Colorado. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visitation will be held Thursday (today), Feb. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. CT with family greeting friends from 4 to 6 p.m. CT at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. CT at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook with Pastor Lonnie Felcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Ash Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 248, McCook, NE 69001 or the McCook Humane Society, P.O. Box 13, McCook, NE 69001.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Please visit the website at www.carpenterbreland.com to sign the online guestbook for Willard and his family.