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Bob Roden

Bob Roden, 92, after a valiant fight against cancer, entered Heaven on December 23, 2019, in Lubbock.
At Bob’s request his remains will be cremated and there will be no memorial service. Please make a contribution to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Born in Hereford, to Meda J. and Jim Roy Roden, Bob began his wonderful life on September 12, 1927.  
He attended school in Friona.  
He married the love of his life and best friend, Betty Roden, on August 10, 1948. 
With his University of Oklahoma Pharmacy degree in hand, he owned and managed the first independent pharmacy in the State of Texas to become computerized, Roden Drug Store.  Within his profession and after passing a multi-year vetting process, Bob received the high honor and was inducted into the American Association of Apothecaries due to his commitment to offering exemplary pharmacy services in Littlefield for many decades.  
The pharmaceutical industry recognized Roden Drug Store for filling well over one million prescriptions. Bob loved his many employees and customers and he could recall all of their names. After his “retirement” Bob worked as a relief pharmacist in many towns on the South Plains.
As a veteran of World War II, Bob demonstrated his love of country by jumping out of a plane as a paratrooper on many occasions. 
Bob lived as a devout and humble Methodist. Because of his commitment to God and to his church, he held many leadership and board positions with the First United Methodist Church of Littlefield. Bob joined the Littlefield Masonic Lodge where he became a member of the Lubbock Scottish Right and York Right. Bob was also a Kiva Shriner. 
Bob wasn’t limited to standing behind the prescription counter either.  He was on the board of directors and the loan committee for First Federal Savings and Loan of Littlefield.  Bob and another loan committee member were honored by the S&L industry at a state convention in San Antonio for guiding First Federal through the S&L crisis of the 1980’s by maintaining a loan portfolio with a very healthy rating while most of the S&Ls in Texas were either not profitable or in reorganization.
Continuing in his life of service, the citizens of Littlefield elected Bob to the board of the Littlefield Independent School District where he played an integral role in voting in a girls basketball program in LISD schools.  He also lead the charge to rescind the restrictions on boys’ hair length that existed at the time. Bob volunteered as Band Booster president and he was also active with the Boy Scouts of Littlefield.
Bob loved playing golf and he made himself known from the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links in California to the golf courses of Florida and many golf courses in between with his distinctive and brightly colored golfing pants and his exuberant personality. Being an avid and accomplished golfer, Bob expertly played the game well into his latter years. There is also proof that he made several holes in one. Per his great grandchild Croy, with his new body, he is playing golf today on a heavenly course with all of his golfing buddies and he’s smoking his iconic cigar while waiting for the rest of us to join him.
Bob is preceded in death by his father and his mother, Jim Roy and Meda J. Roden of Clovis; his older brother, Jim Roy Roden, Jr. of Albuquerque; and his younger sister, Sissie Crafton of St. Augustine, Florida.
Bob is survived by his spouse, Betty Roden of Lubbock; children: David Roden and wife, Sandy Roden of Littlefield, Dana Bailey and husband, Dr. Michael Bailey of Levelland and Mark Roden of Houston; grandchildren include: Stephanie Hedden of San Angelo, Laura Bailey and  husband, Michael Meluskey of St. Croix, United States, Virgin Islands, Carie Ellison and husband, Eric, of Lubbock; great-grandchildren include: Brett Hedden, Haylie Hedden, John Hedden, Michael Bailey Meluskey, Croy Ellison and Sophia Ellison.
The family of Bob Roden wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the very professional staff of Brookdale Assisted Living Center of Lubbock for the love and care they showed to him while he lived there and to Interim Hospice of Lubbock for their compassionate care at the end of his life.

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