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Tom’s Story

Tom was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.  He is currently receiving radiation treatments every day and chemotherapy treatments every three weeks.  His oncologist has indicated that the goal of the treatments is to treat Tom's pain and hopefully extend his life by a few months. 




Former classmates and caring friends of Tom Roeder are planning a Meal/Silent Auction/Entertainment Benefit for the Tom Roeder family as they cope with his cancer.  Tom had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer in 2003.  With treatments, Tom had been in remission, however, Tom has recently been diagnosed with a new onset of Stage 4 lung cancer.  

Tom is employed at Southard Implement John Deere in the parts department in Tama, IA.  His immediate family includes his wife, Kara, son, Jack, 3, and an unborn son due in September, and two adult daughters, Stephanie and Samantha Roeder and two granddaughters.  The benefit is planned by Caring Friends to help defray costs and establish a fund for his family.  The benefit is planned in conjunction with John Ernest Vineyard, 3291 N Avenue, Hwy 30 West, Tama, IA and will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 5-9 p.m. at the John Ernest Vineyard with a free-will offering meal and silent auction provided by donations from friends and area businesses.  There will be grilled hamburgers, brats, pasta salad, desserts and drink provided.  Following the meal there will be free entertainment at the winery provided by Dogs on Skis from 7-10 p.m. 


Everyone is welcome --- please show your support to a great guy!  If you would like to donate but can’t come to the event:  send your monetary donations to Tom Roeder Family Fund at Toledo State Bank, Toledo IA 52342.  Monetary donations can be mailed or dropped off at the Toledo State Bank with check made out to:  Tom Roeder Family Fund.  Benefit contact person: Sue Gauthier, 3188 H Avenue, Tama, IA  52339   Phone:  641 484-4329 or 641 485-4329 cell.  Emails can be sent to: Dave & Sue Gauthier at or Mike & Kym Stein at  Call 484-4329 or 641 485-4329 cell # if you have items to donate to the silent auction and we will come pick them up.  Hope to see you on July 11 for the meal/silent auction 5-9 p.m. and/or 7-10 p.m. for Entertainment/Dogs on Skis at the John Ernest Vineyard located at Hwy 30 West, Tama, IA.   Thanks for your support!!  

Latest Journal Update


The 2 year anniversary of Tom's death has come and gone.   Still I see him in the faces of our boys everyday.  Jack is now 5 and Max is now 2.