Rodger Edward Zaumeyer peacefully passed away at his home in Edgewater, Florida on July 25, 2019.
He was born September 18, 1932, to Carl Zaumeyer and Irene Olszewski in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Winneconne High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He married Beverly Jane Button in 1954; the two relocated to California shortly thereafter to start a new chapter in their young lives. Four children followed in the span of four years, and Rodger stepped into his role as a father with ease and delight.
Rodger studied at Modesto Community College and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo before spending several years traveling and training racehorses. His full-time horse racing business occupied several years until the accumulation of children made a settled lifestyle seem more desirable. At this point, he began his career as a draftsman. After working at a handful of companies, he began a successful drafting business of his own before getting hired in a leadership role at Miller Iron Works. This began an exciting executive career that brought him to locales around the world, from Sudan to Indonesia, and relocated him to Memphis in the 1970s and the Bahamas in the 1980s.
Parallel to his “day jobs,” Rodger maintained his interest in working with horses. At one point, the family-owned a farm in Ceres, California, where Rodger would break and train champion thoroughbreds. Over the years, there were up to thirty horses at the ranch.
It was while living in Nassau that Rodger pursued his love of sailing and scuba diving. Rodger and Bev cruised throughout the Caribbean on their boat, the “Pooh Bear,” and ventured as far as Venezuela and Bermuda by sea. Upon retirement, they moved to Fort Lauderdale, where they developed a reputation as formidable tennis players. Eventually they moved to Edgewater and became beloved members of their community in Hacienda Del Rio.
Rodger is survived by Beverly, his devoted wife of 65 years; four children: David (Gwen Hanner), Hans, Jock (Kristy Wurtele), and Carolyn (Alex Vanyi); three grandchildren: Soraya Garner (Brian), Zak (Sonya), and Sarah Hayes (Joe); a great-grandson, Jackson Hayes; two sisters: Jacquelyn Brun and Merri Wilson; many beloved nieces and nephews; as well as numerous friends around the world, a dedicated team of loving caregivers, and esteemed family dog, Elsie. He is predeceased by his parents, Carl Zaumeyer and Irene Benedict (Olszewski), his brother, Tom, and his sisters Becky Button and Carol Reinke.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of New Smyrna Beach on August 3 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Halifax Health Hospice.