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George Edward Roadman

George Edward Roadman, 82, died at Brea, Calif., surrounded by his family as they sang his favorite hymns. A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 12, 2004 at Memory Gardens in Brea, Calif.
   He was born at Corvallis, Ore., on Jan. 24, 1922, the second child of George P. and Josephine (Wright) Roadman. He spent his early childhood on the family farm at King Hill, Idaho, and later lived in Prineville.
   He liked school and had many friends. At age 17, he had his first real job away from home in a sawmill at Sutherlin, Ore.
   In 1942, while living in Springfield, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to San Diego for training in diesel mechanics and assignment on the U.S.S. Bracken.
   He met and married Norma Jean Lowery in San Diego. Honorably discharged from his duties on Nov. 19, 1945, he and his bride returned to Springfield, where they settled and raised their four children.
   Mr. Roadman worked as bee keeper, logger, truck driver and truck mechanic. He was active in his church and headed the Joy Bus ministry with his wife as team mate. After retirement, he and Norma traveled for several years, then settled at Grants Pass, Ore. In 2002 they moved to Brea to be closer to their children.
   Survivors include: his wife; a son Pastor Stanley and Mary Roadman of Antioch, Calif.; two daughters, Sharon Balwochus and John of La Habra, Calif., and Sandra Henderson and Paul of Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters Irene Skirvin of Springfield and Vivian Zimmerlee of Prineville; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, a sister and two brothers.