Robert Roddy, of Willow Creek, Ariz., passed away on May 11 in Kingman, Ariz., at the age of 81. He is survived by two older siblings, Jack (Claire) Roddy of Wisconsin and Delores Nelson of Florida; his wife of 56 years, Joanne, three children — Scott (Debbie) Roddy of Pagosa Springs; David (Elizabeth) Roddy, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Shannon (Andy) Tillman of San Jon, New Mexico. He is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, the infant Brittani Tillman.
Roddy was a veteran of the United States Army, and was stationed in Panama during the Korean War. It was during his service in the army, where he was assigned to be a radio operator, which set him on a course for the rest of his life, working in the radio industry for more than 40 years in places ranging from his native Minnesota to Florida, as well as from New York to California. Roddy preferred working in smaller radio markets where the programming could be community-oriented and have a greater impact compared to larger markets. He was the key component of a partnership group that built a radio station in the small community of Pagosa Springs, providing a form of service and entertainment options that had never been available in that area before.
His sense of community service resulted in numerous accomplishments over the years, including serving as president of the school board in Blythe, Calif., and then being a driving force in helping to establish organizations like Crimestoppers and a sports booster club while living in southwest Colorado. His activities resulted in numerous awards and honors including his selection to “Who’s Who” on several occasions.
Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Willow Creek, Ariz., where he enjoyed living in the mountains among the pine and juniper trees while researching historical sites in the southwestern United States and creating a line of informational cards that have been featured in museums in northwestern Arizona.
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