Chaplain (COL) (Ret) William O. Rodefer
Association Regimental Chaplain
Chaplain (COL) William O Rodefer has just volunteered as the Association’s Regimental Chaplain. Bill has been a minister for over 60 years with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a graduate of Milligan College, TN, and received his Masters of Divinity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. He was ordained in 1953 in Waynesburg, Pa.
Bill served as an Army chaplain for 28 years. While on active duty, he was assigned in 1965 to the Support Command, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. He later served 6 months as the chaplain for the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry. After his tour in Vietnam, Bill spent 3 years in Germany as Chaplain for the US Security Agency and due to the widespread responsibilities of that command, he traveled to many countries throughout Europe.
Following his tour in Germany, he attended the U S Army Chaplains school at Fort Hamilton, NY. At the end of that school year he was released from active duty and returned to Indiana to finish his military career in the US Army Reserve.
Bill retired from the military in 1988 and has served several churches in both Indiana and Ohio since then. From 2000-2006 he served as Pastoral Care Minister, First Congregational Church, Akron, Ohio and retired for good in 2006.
Bill has worked for years with veterans in drug and alcohol rehab programs and was one of the founders of “Warriors’ Journey Home” in Tallmadge, OH. This group helps veterans deal with personal issues resulting from PTSD and the trauma of war.
Chaplain Rodefer is now retired and lives with his wife in North Port, FL.