RODERICK A. NOVARIA 6/30/1951 - 11/8/2013 Roderick (known to family and friends as Rick), 62, a resident of Daggett, California, was born in East St. Louis Illinois on June 30, 1951, and went to be with our Heavenly father and family in Heaven on November 8, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Ontario, CA. Rick was a champion chess player, and he could also play any instrument that he had a mind to pick up. He served as editor of the Dutchman Newspaper, was on the Board of Trustees and the Student Senate and was a Peer Advisor for Belleville Area College in Belleville, Illinois, and was named "Who's Who among American Students". Rick survived a devastating accident that left him a quadriplegic in 1980. Thereafter, his life was spent with family and friends, simply and happily in California. Rick was a wonderful son, loving brother, and a dear friend to many. Rick is survived by his siblings, John D. Novaria and Agnus N. J. Petrait of IL, Sandra L. Milne- Baltzley of WA, Leo N. Wilds Jr. of Texas and C. LeeAnn Bailey of Daggett, CA, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held privately at home. A special Thank You to Mead Mortuary of Barstow, CA, for their help, care, love and understanding from his family. Arrangements provided by Mead Mortuary. 760-256-5671.
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Published in the Daily Press on Nov. 13, 2013