Walter R. Roderick Sr.
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BERLIN—Walter Ray Roderick, 77, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Born in Wilmington, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles H. Roderick and Mabel Clay Roderick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Johnston Roderick, in 2008.
He is survived by his sons, Walter Ray Roderick Jr. and his wife, Jeanne, of Copperhill, Tenn., Edward A. Roderick of Galveston, Texas, and Brett Roderick and his wife, India, of Berlin; and daughters, Deniece Hare and her husband, John of Berryville, Va., Joan Marie Donald and her husband, Rodney, of Berryville, and Maria E. "Bunny" Orlowski and her husband, Mike of Leesburg, Va. He was an adored grandfather to 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Roderick had been a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in the Korean War. He later worked for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum as an aircraft restoration specialist. Upon retirement, his family moved to the Eastern Shore, where he pursued his love of fishing and painting. He played the guitar and banjo and loved to dance. He put his heart in everything he did. He loved to tell a good joke and he loved his dogs.
He is also survived by his brother, George Roderick, and his wife, Nancy Ann, of Warsaw, N.C., and a sister, Jessie Lee Frederick of Wilmington, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Harper Roderick, and two sisters, Gladys Mae Droze and Mabel Elizabeth Carter.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. The Rev. Walter Ray Roderick Jr. will officiate. Interment will be private. A donation may be made in his memory to the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company, 214 N. Main St., Berlin, Md. 21811.
Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 24, 2013