When most people from the 1950s hear the name Roeder they probably immediately think of the establishment on the corner of 5th and H street –– Roeder’s Funeral Home.
If you were a Del Norte Warrior fan, the name Roeder also meant excitement in the athletic arena. Tony Roeder, a 1955 graduate, was a multi-talented young man. He excelled in athletics, was an outstanding student academically and was actively involved in student activities.
As a freshman and sophomore Tony played lightweight basketball and while playing as a freshman he helped the team win the Humboldt Del Norte League championship.
In his junior and senior years he was a vital part of the heavyweight or varsity team. He was an excellent ball handler and shooter from his guard position. I was fortunate to see him play basketball during his senior year. He was fun to watch.
Tony was also involved in the Warrior football program and as a senior led the team from the quarterback position to a 4-4 season. The losses were all close contests. Warrior coach Tex Gatlin once told me he liked having smart quarterbacks and with Tony, that was really true. Tony also played shortstop on the varsity baseball team, which made him a true three-sport standout.
Sports were not the only areas that this young man excelled in. He was a four-year member of CSF (California Scholastic Federation) and was so well-respected that he was elected vice president of the organization as a freshman. During his junior year he served as president.
Tony was also regularly elected to class or student body positions. He served as class president as a sophomore, student council representative as a junior, and student body president as a senior. With all of Tony’s success, I found him to always to be a humble and respectful young man.
After graduation from high school Tony went on to college. He became a dentist and went on to practice in Pennsylvania, where he is an excellent representative of what is special about Del Norte County.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.