Reyers North Valley Chapel

2815 Fuller Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI


Leroy "Rescue Roy" Roedema

February 19, 1944November 8, 2019

Leroy “Rescue Roy” Roedema, was called home by his Lord and Savior after a long battle with cancer on November 8, 2019, at the age of 75. He was born on February 19, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Leroy was the beloved husband to Susan for 40 years. He is survived by his two children, Rebecca (Todd) Wildeboer and Chad (Laurie) Roedema, and his grandchildren, Sydney (Shayna), Morgan, Benjamin (Amolnat), Taylor, Jenny, Tara (Sam), Evan, and siblings, Wesley (Arlene) Roedema, Jack (Marla) Roedema and preceded in death by brother-in-law Jack (Verna) Vanderploeg. Leroy will also be missed by his best friend, Tom “Woody” Woodworth, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Leroy was proud to be a Grand Rapids Firefighter for 32 years, with 23 years spent as part of the rescue squad.

He was a member of many different organizations such as DILLEY WACKERS, Post 258 SAL, Casino Club, Loyal Order of Moose, The Eagles and Vytautas Aid Society. Leroy made great friendships from those groups over many years.

Following Leroy’s retirement, he kept in touch and followed the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Leroy will be remembered by so much- but mostly his great love for his wife, children and his grandchildren. He enjoyed a lot of things in life, especially watching his grand kids stay involved in their sporting events, riding his motorcycle across the country, listening to the music of The Gaithers, traveling to South Padre Island for the cold winters, cooking for large crowds whether it was his family, the organizations and clubs he was a part of, or his Fire Department family.

Leroy will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, Leroy’s family has suggested that loved ones make a memorial contribution to Gilda’s Club or Transport For Christ.

A Memorial Gathering will take place on Thursday, November 14th at Reyers North Valley Chapel from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A Memorial Service will be at 10am on Friday, November 15th at the Funeral Home. Family and friends may gather beginning at 9am at the Funeral Home if they did not get an opportunity to visit on Thursday.


  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Memorial Gathering Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 15, 2019


Leroy "Rescue Roy" Roedema

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Richard Smith

November 13, 2019

So sorry Sue and families for you'er loss.

Edward Braate

November 11, 2019

Roedema Family,

Going forward," MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU WITH STRENGTH AND COURAGE" with the passing of Leroy.

Over the years I had the opportunity to work Leroy many times in the GRFD. It was always a pleasure working with him. Many fond memories and Leroy will always be just a memory away.

Edward Braate (GRFD retired)

Joyce Israels Devries

November 10, 2019

I attend kindergarten through high school with Lee. He was a special person. I have wonderful memories of those days. He was always warm, funny at times and always welcoming. Our paths didn't cross after high school until there was a fire alarm at the medical building in the late 90's where I was working. We were all herded outside and I was met ...surprisingly to me...by Lee in his fireman mode. Yet his eyes still had that warm twinkle, friendly smile and reassurance all would be well. We had a few precious moments to "catch-up". It was a few moments I will never forget. So sorry that he is no longer with you all. My deepest sympathy to you family and friends who will miss him so much.
With Deepest Sympathy and Most Sincerely,
Joyce Israels DeVries

Nancy Bradley

November 10, 2019

Sue & family,

Thinking of you at this time & remembering all the good times at Gracewil. Lee was one of the good guys-always willing to help out as a ranger & friend. You could count on him to “have your back”.

With sympathy,

Nancy Bradley
Rebecca Bradley Cisek

Debra Feyen

November 8, 2019

Uncle Lee will be missed. My first motorcycle ride was from Uncle Lee. I studied anatomy with him on Sundays at Grandmas. He was going to be a fireman and me a nurse. We both achieved our goals. I saw him every week or more as a girl. Lee and his brothers Wes and Jack were my favorites. He reminded me in some ways of my Grandpa Roedema. He had spirit and charm and a great head of hair. Lee was always kind and supportive of his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews too. My deepest sympathy to Sue and Becky and Chad and all their kids. They walked the difficult road of cancer with him and did so admirably. Lee is now enjoying his first day in heaven and for that I am thankful. It is well with my soul.