Roger Merlin Ide

Last Updated on May 22, 2015 by cassnetwork

ideRoger Merlin Ide, 90, of Logansport passed away Friday May 22, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Logansport.

Born on November 3, 1924 in Logansport, Roger was the son of the late Clay B. and Charlotte (Morgan) Ide.  On October 29, 1950 in Logansport he married Margaret Ann Gotshall who survives, and they enjoyed sixty four years together as a couple.

Roger was a member of the American Legion Post 60, V.F.W. Post 3790, Indiana and American Societies of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers’, and Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Roger served on and was Past President of the Pioneer School Board and  was a former member of the Cass County Council and Cass County Commissioners.

Roger was a 1942 graduate of Logansport High School and a 1950 graduate of Purdue with a degree in Agriculture.  While at Purdue, he served as president of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, sang in the Glee Club, and played one year of football. Roger volunteered for service in World War two in December of 1942, following his two brothers who had previously enlisted. He served on an Army Hospital Ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, which treated wounded and traumatized soldiers.

Roger’s warm smile and winning personality endeared him to all who knew him. He was quick with a joke and he possessed a keen sense of humor. He was a kind, principled man whose integrity and leadership qualities set him apart from the rest.

Roger loved spending time with his wife Margaret, his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He could often be found outdoors working in the garden, tending his roses, or just enjoying a walk in the woods. He had a special fondness for trees and wildlife. He always believed you should leave things better than you found them.

Surviving along with his wife Margaret, are three sons, Larry (Kristin) Ide; David (Cheryl) Ide; Dennis (Sabrena) Ide, all of Logansport; two daughters, Linda (Bill) Bergstrom, Savannah, GA; Cheryl Ann (Steven) Rooke, Fishers; thirteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister Charlene Apfelstadt; two brothers, Claire and Carroll “Bud” Ide.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Shiloh Christian Church with Pastor Tim McKaig, Pastor Angel Rae and Pastor Bill Bergstrom officiating. A burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery with full military graveside rites.

A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 11:00 am until time of services.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Webb Chapel United Methodist Church.

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