Roman E. Middendorf, 83, of St. Libory, Ill., born June 20, 1930, in St. Libory, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Roman was a retired electronic technician from Civil Service; a member of St. Liborius Catholic Church in St. Libory, Ill., and a Korean War U. S. Air Force veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elizabeth, nee Korte, Middendorf; three sisters, Lydia Luecking, Germaine Reuss, and Leona Carter; and a brother, Hugo Middendorf.
Roman is survived by a sister-in-law, Dorothy Middendorf of Lenzburg, Ill.; special cousin, Jeanette Middendorf of St. Libory, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.
"In Memorial to a Veteran"
If we didn't give you honor
While you were here to hear the praise
Then at least let's give you homage
At the ending of your days.
You didn't do much talking
You didn't ask for praise
But Korea really happened
So thanks for the service that you gave.
You held no dreams of fortune vast
Nor sought undying fame
You did not ask when life was past
That many know your name.
Oh gentle loving man so humble in nature
In your quiet little way
You did your best
To be kind with every gesture.
Now God looked around his garden
And found an empty place
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw this soldier's tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest
God's garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed this soldier's tired eyes
And whispered "Peace be Thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting mollfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: There is no visitation.
Funeral: A private funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at St. Liborius Catholic Church in St. Libory with Father Paul Nwanegbo officiating. Interment will be in St. Liborius Catholic Cemetery in St. Libory, Ill.
MOLL FUNERAL HOME, St. Libory, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 29, 2013