Frank C. Roda Jr., 89, passed away “with his boots on” at his home in Mount Shasta, California on February 23, 2012 at the age of 89.
Frank was born to Frank Sr. and Hazel E. Roda on January 13, 1923 in Herkimer, New York. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in Ogdensburg, New York, where his father was Superintendent of Schools.
He enlisted in the elite 10th Mountain Division’s Ski Troops during World War II, training in the Colorado Rockies before deployment to Italy, where he was wounded at the infamous Riva Ridge/Mount Belvedere assault, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Returning home he attended St. Lawrence University receiving his Master’s degree and marrying his childhood sweetheart Ann Cushman.
He then started a successful building materials business, Roda Lumber Company, which he ran for many years in Waddington, New York before semi-retiring and moving with his family to Mount Shasta in 1984.
Frank loved animals, especially his horses. He was a founding member of the Kiger Mustang Association and raised several Kiger Mustangs through the years. He was an avid skier, ice skater and hiker; and truly enjoyed sharing his time with his family.
Frank was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Ann, in 2004.
He is survived by his sister, Aileen Anderson of New Hampshire; a son and daughter, Mark Roda and Eve Vardanega, daughter-in-law and son-in-law Judy Roda and Mark Vardanega, all of Mount Shasta; and grandchildren, Adam Roda of San Francisco, and Nicole Roda and Thai Roberts of Mount Shasta.
A Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends will be held on March 3 at 1 p.m. Details at 926-3300.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Mount Shasta Trail Association, The Wounded Warriors Project, or the charity of your choice.