Monday, September 18, 2017

Metamora Herald's Sports Photographer: Mike Roedell

Photo by GR8 Memories by Christopher Lee

 You may have noticed recently that our local sports coverage got much better. That is all thanks to one man, Richard "Mike" Roedell. He has been taking pictures at our local sporting events for years and has graciously agreed to provide some of his photos to the Metamora Herald.

 Mike was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois where he played baseball, football, and basketball as a young man. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and began working with photography in 1971 on Guam with the Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-3, taking photos of the island and during mission assignments. Mike also worked as Radioman/Communications Supervisor on the USS Ajax (AR-6), and a morse code instructor in San Diego, California.

 After an honorable discharge in 1978, Mike returned to civilian life and worked at St. Francis Hospital during the start of their Emergency Communications Center. He has been a certified United States Soccer Federation Official since the 1980's and has officiated many adult and youth games. In 2009 he retired from Verizon phone company, where he worked to install, monitor, and troubleshoot fiber and data circuits.

 Mr. Roedell enjoys taking photos of his family and friends, several of his children and grandchildren are graduates of MTHS. He has come to be affectionately called "Grandpa Mike" by many families and children he has met through the years. He is honored by this moniker, and the "experience of capturing time and memories ( in 1/1000's of a second "shutter speed" ) of my grandchildren and their friends go from grade school through high school into adulthood."

 Thanks so much, Mike! If you would like to see more of the photos he takes, visit his website Roedell Photography where they are available for purchase at reasonable prices.

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