Roland Deeds Kreager

KreagerRoland Deeds Kreager, 65, on May 28, 2016, at home in Richmond, Ind., surrounded by love of family and friends. Roland was born on November 11, 1950, in Angola, Ind., to Ruth Deeds and Clyde Kreager. He graduated from Hilliard (Ohio) High School and Ohio State University, and earned master’s degrees in arts and divinity from United Theological Seminary.

After college, he served with Quaker Volunteer Service in Indianapolis, Ind., and went on to work for American Friends Service Committee, Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati, Ohio, and other nonprofit organizations serving poor and marginalized persons. From 1992 to 2011 he worked for Right Sharing of World Resources, leading the organization to become an independent nonprofit with staff in the United States, India, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. Through his efforts toward economic justice, thousands of women and families in the developing world were able to earn a more equitable income. For the last four years before he retired, he was the development director of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing in Cincinnati, helping to raise funds for affordable housing. He demonstrated his lifelong passion for social justice in volunteer and professional work throughout his life. Most recently he was the clerk of West Richmond Meeting in Richmond, Ind. An avid runner, a trumpet player, a man who loved working in the garden caring for his land or hiking in the woods, he loved life and brought much love to others. His primary passion and love was for his wife, step-children, granddaughters, and friends.

Roland was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marla Kreager. He is survived by his wife, Cindi Goslee; two children, Chad Goslee (Daphne Gutierrez) and Katie Goslee (Laura Bogle); four grandchildren; and a sister, Charissa Kreager. His family welcomes contributions to American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, 114 West 14th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202; or Open Arms Ministries, P.O. Box 1012, Richmond, IN 47375.

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