Roger L. Sunderland, age 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:11 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home surrounded by is family. He was born in Lima, Ohio, September 9, 1939 to Martin Jacob and Minnie E. Brown Sunderland; both parents preceded him in death. On June 10, 1961 he married Dolores A. Gierhart, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Mr. Sunderland was retired from Teledyne- Ohio Steel. He enjoyed music, spending time in his garage, and with his family.
He is survived by 4 children: Randall (Kathleen) Sunderland of New Knoxville, Ohio, Melanie (Theodore) Fullenkamp, Robert (Teresa) Sunderland, and Paul ‘Joe’ Sunderland all of Wapakoneta; 12 grandchildren Kevin, Jared, Renae (Paul), Brandon (Sarah), Logan, Chase, Myles, Kristopher (Katie), Patti, Amanda, Hannah, Emily; 11 great grandchildren; 2 special friends Brian and Andy; 2 brothers Charles (Marsha) Sunderland of Spencerville, Vernon (Mary Lou) Sunderland of Lima; 3 sisters Vera (Leonard) Elshoff of Spencerville, Waneta ‘Nete’ (Joe) Meier of Cridersville, and Carol (Lee) Klima of Wapakoneta; and a sister-in-law Frankie Sunderland, of Spencerville.
He is preceded in death by a grandson Shane Douglas, and four siblings Carl ‘Gus’ and (Minnie) Sunderland, Harold ‘Dutch’ Sunderland, Ruth Meeker, Mildred (Robert ‘Bob’) Tangeman, and a brother-in-law Everett ‘Smokey’ Welch.
The family will receive friends 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00- 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.
Funeral Services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, at the funeral home. Family friend Steve Nelson will officiate. Burial will follow at Ft. Amanda Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Rita’s Hospice or Auglaize Acres Activity Fund.
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm