Ronald William "Bill" Roeder, Sr., 82, Sheridan, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born March 28, 1936 in Carmel, Ind., he was the son of the late Fred W. & Eileen (Hazelbaker) Roeder.

He graduated from Carmel High School with the class of 1954 and continued forward with his education, earning his associates degree.

He married the love of his life, Jeanne (Thompson) Roeder, on March 8, 1958.

Hard work and determination guided his path throughout his life. Mr. Roeder worked his way through school by hiring on with 20th Century Fox. He serviced TV and film equipment, and would also shuttle movies between different theatres in and around Indianapolis. When he was finally finished with his schooling, he took a job with the Schwitzer Corporation in Indianapolis. He would later go to work for Automatron of Indianapolis, eventually becoming their president. His entrepreneurial spirit and his love of science and math pulled him away from Automatron and led him to start his own specialized metal fabricating company, Roeder Engineering.

He enjoyed fishing and music very much, and had a great appreciation for the Lawrence Welk Show. He and his family had a small plot of land in Boone County, and that property gave him ample opportunity to do some of his favorite activities. Kind of a homebody, Mr. Roeder loved being outdoors and could always find something to do around his place. Whether it was working in his garden or taking care of his fruit trees, he enjoyed it all. Working his land also gave plenty of excuses to break out the heavy equipment ; a tradition he happily passed down to his son. He loved operating heavy equipment and seemed to constantly be on the lookout for projects around his place that could possibly meet that need. Never really mattered whether that particular job needed done or not. 

Survivors include his wife Jeanne; his son, Ronald William "Bill" (Jackie) Roeder, Jr. of Noblesville; three daughters, Lynn (Larry) Revis of Fishers, Sharil Anne Roeder of Noblesville, and Debbi James of Gainesville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Miranda (Ang) Heitzman, Megan (Chris) Weir, Kyle McKinley, Haley Roeder and Brandon Roeder; two brothers, Dennis (Judy) Roeder of Greenfield and Doug (Martha) Roeder of Indianapolis; his sister, Linda (Charlie) Simpson of Noblesville; and his canine best friend, Hercules.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister Carole White.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until the time of service. Pastor Mark Wright will be officiating. Burial will take place at Spencer Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be presented to either the Hamilton County Humane Society or to your local PBS station.