Bill Roaden was a kind, outgoing and funny man who put his faith in God above everything else, his family members said.
“He was very religious, and was very involved in mission projects, building churches in other cities,” said his daughter, Patricia Fuentes. “He was outgoing and funny. He always had a joke or something funny to say.”
William Roaden Jr., 88, of Crown Point, died Jan. 24. He worked 34 years for Consolidated Freightways.
He is survived by Juanita Roaden, his wife of 64 years.
He was one of the oldest members of First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for years. He was involved with Builders for Christ, a group whose volunteers construct churches all over the country.
“He was raised in the church, and it was his whole life. It was our family’s whole life,” Fuentes said. “He took part in starting many new churches. It was faith first, then family.”
He was an avid reader, and devoutly studied the Bible.
Roaden was a devoted grandfather, and loved going to watch his grandchildren participate in athletic events.
The family always enjoyed trips to the time share at the lake, where the family would gather to fish and go boating, his daughter said.
He loved gardening and fishing, and enjoyed fishing in the small lake behind the family’s home, Fuentes said.
“He would be out there fishing every day there was nice weather,” she said.