Hugh Charles Roden, who was stationed with an Army engineering battalion in the Pacific during World War II and later worked for Niagara Blower Co., died Saturday in his Orchard Park home after a long illness. He was 83.
Mr. Roden enrolled as a cadet at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1940, but his study was interrupted so he could serve with the Army's 1178th Engineer Battalion.
After VPI awarded him a mechanical engineering degree in 1947, he remained active in the military, serving in the Army Reserve downstate, then in the 27th Armored Division in Buffalo. He retired as a major in 1982.
Mr. Roden was born in Brooklyn and lived on Long Island. After obtaining his engineering degree, he married Dorothy M. Keenan in 1950 and worked as a sales engineer, initially in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning field. Then he joined Niagara Blower in 1959, serving northern New Jersey accounts.
In 1960, Mr. Roden took over the Buffalo district office, selling heavy refrigeration and industrial cooling equipment in upstate New York and Canada and to some overseas customers. He retired in 1991.
Mr. Roden served in the National Ski Patrol for 32 years. He enjoyed fishing, boating and golf.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of 56 years, include a daughter, Maureen Roden Hurley of Richmond, Va.; two brothers, James of Port Jefferson and Kenneth of Sebring, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park. Private burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.