Patrick Roads (1938 - 2012)

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Patrick Roads, 73, passed away on March 30, 2012 in New Mexico with his wife Lea by his side. They made it to the day of their 50th wedding anniversary. His journey began in Minden, Neb., on Dec. 5, 1938. Pat was the son of Howard and Vera Ryan Roads and grew up in Axtell, Neb., as an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. "Go Big Red!"
After graduating from high school he ventured on to Omaha, Neb., where he began his career in the sheet metal trade. He met his wife on a blind date when she was starting her career in the banking industry. Their relationship was sealed and their next move was to Colorado Springs, Colo., courtesy of Uncle Sam and the Army.
Pat continued in the sheet metal trade as a teacher and eventually bought out his employer's business that had history dating back to the kite 1800's. He owned and operated Pat Roads Sheet Metal, Inc. for over 20 years before he retired in 2001. During his career, Pat had contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome that is referred to as `French Polio'. All of his family and close friends saw an amazing man endure incredible obstacles for 26 years.
Later, Pat and Lea decided to retire to a warmer place. They chose New Mexico where they have lived for the last nine years. Pat and Lea were philanthropists in many areas with the Catholic Church, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and other organizations. He was a member of the Wild Goose Club, the 20 M Ranch, the El Paso Club and the Colorado Springs Country Club. Over the years, he also remained loyal to the highs and lows of the Denver Broncos. Pat and Lea were members of the St. Paul's Catholic Church in Colorado Springs and the St. Jude's Parish in New Mexico.
They want to thank, from the bottom of their hearts, all of their amazing family and friends that stayed by their side over many years. They felt very blessed. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8th, at St. Paul's Pauline Chapel, 2 Park Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo. The Most Reverend, Richard C. Hanifen, Bishop Emeritus, will be celebrating the mass. A private gathering will be at the Evergreen Fairview Cemetery at a later time.
Pat is survived by his wife, Leota 'Lea' Winther Roads, his daughter Lisa Marie Roads Donau of Tucson, Ariz., and his three grandchildren, Shan Marie, Tirzah Lea and Gunnar HansPeter Donau. His sister, Shirley Roads Vavra, resides in Omaha, Neb., with her husband, children and grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews in Colorado and Nebraska along with their families.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Vera Ryan Roads and sisters Bonnie Roads Albright and Margaret 'Peggy' Roads Bell.
In lieu of flowers, and in contribution to his beloved golden retrievers, Stetson and Max, any gifts can be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region or the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Roads family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home in Alamogordo, N.M.
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from May 18 to May 25, 2012