Former Oil-Dri Executive V.R. Swede Roskam Passes Away

V.R. "Swede" Roskam
V.R. “Swede” Roskam

Former Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) President V.R. “Swede” Roskam died unexpectedly in Wheaton, IL, on March 13, 2015 at the age of 85.

Swede was born on October 16, 1929 in Iowa Falls, IA, to Albert Ollie Roskam and Maureen Kathleen Varnum. He graduated from West Waterloo High School in Waterloo, IA, in 1947 and from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO, in 1949. He graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, in 1951 and received a regular commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served as a Company Commander in the Korean War.

On July 26, 1952 he married the love of his life, Martha Lou Jacobsen in Oak Park, IL, and were married for 62 years. Together they had five children. Swede enjoyed a career in sales with several companies before joining the Oil-Dri Corporation of America where he worked for 45 years. He retired in 2014 as Vice President of Sales.

Swede also served as President of MACA from 1982-1983. He was the first allied industry member to be elected president and served during MACA’s 25th anniversary year. Swede continued to be active in MACA, including being the unofficial photographer at meetings and serving as editor of MACA’s newsletter for a few years.

“Swede was one of those active members who’s enthusiasm was contagious,” said Bonnie McCarvel, Executive Director at MACA.  “He was so proud and excited to be a part of MACA and wanted to do whatever he could do to help the industry. He helped to lay the groundwork which MACA continues to build upon.”

Swede also encouraged his colleague, Terry Kippley, while at Oil Dri, to be active in MACA. Kippley went on to become MACA President in 1999-2000.

“Swede was an original. He had such passion,” said Kippley, who is now Senior Vice-President at Aceto Corp. “He was always on me to be a good father and role model to my family. He always loved to say that life was about choices, and the only thing that matters in the end is what one does for the Lord.”

Swede founded Educational Assistance Ltd., a nonprofit scholarship program that enabled 10,000 students to attend college. In 1986, he and his wife Martha received the Knox College Alumni Achievement Award. In 1988 they received the President’s Volunteer Action Award from President Reagan, the nation’s highest honor for volunteer service.

In 2001, while traveling in Viet Nam, Swede and Martha purchased several U.S. military dog tags that were being sold as souvenirs. Upon their return to the U.S., they hired a private investigator to discover the whereabouts of the American military personnel or their next of kin. They spent several years returning these tags to their rightful owners.

He was an active member of the Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church in Glen Ellyn, IL. He is survived by his wife Martha Roskam (nee Jacobsen), Stephen Andrew Roskam (Chandler), Jonathan Richard Roskam (Phyllis), Sarah Jayne Roskam, Peter James Roskam (Elizabeth) and Maribeth Roskam Coote (Jonathan) and his grandchildren Jacob Roskam, Mica Roskam, Hilary Roskam, Jonathan Roskam, Lily Roskam, Jayne Averitt, Bryan Simpson (Katie), Hope Simpson, Gracey Roskam, Frances Roskam, Stephen Roskam II, Alec Roskam, Ian Coote, Peter Coote, Jonathan Coote, Jr., and Philip Coote. He is also survived by his sister Vee Anne Roskam Angilley and step sister Delores Stanley Zimmer. He was predeceased by his grandson James Schoales Roskam.

The Visitation is on Friday, March 20 at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St. in Wheaton, IL from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Funeral service is on Saturday, March 21 at College Church, 332 E. Seminary Avenue in Wheaton, IL at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to support Bible translation as follows:

Payable to Wycliffe Associates, P.O. Box 620368, Orlando, FL 32862

Please include on the check memo: Scott Crickmore/Ministry Account M10445/Roskam Memorial

For more information, visit the Hultgren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Website.

Topics:

Agrichemicals

Agrichemicals

Arysta LifeScience Names New Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa

Arysta LifeScience has named Hildo Brilleman as the company’s CEO of its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, effective

Agrichemicals

Missouri Latest U.S. State to Set Dicamba Cut-off Date for 2018

Missouri Department of Agriculture 'takes proactive measures to reduce off-target crop injury during the 2018 growing season.'

Agrichemicals

BASF Reports End of Season Dicamba Results

BASF field reps investigated 787 soybean symptomology claims during the 2017 season.

Agrichemicals

Seed Firms’ Changes Bring Uncertainty, Promises

The months ahead will reveal what these altered players will look like and how they’ll work with dealers and growers. They’ll also show where companies are focusing efforts in trait development and crop systems.

Agrichemicals

AMVAC’s Trogele: ‘Entire Downstream Channel of Our Industry Will Be Challenged’

AMVAC Chief Operating Officer Bob Trogele offered his insight on the current agrichemical environment, and on how retailers can possibly engage with post-patent companies.

Agrichemicals

Albaugh Enters Collaboration on New Wheat Varietites

Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc., Albaugh, LLC and Limagrain Cereal Seeds, LLC have announced the release of the first two new herbicide-tolerant CoAXium Wheat Production System varieties.

monsanto roundup
Agrichemicals

Monsanto, Farm Groups Sue California Over Glyphosate Warning Requirement

Monsanto Co. says it has joined a coalition of U.S. farm groups in a lawsuit against the state of California to stop a requirement for cancer warnings on products containing glyphosate.

Agrichemicals

Arysta, DuPont Sign Fungicidal Seed Treatment Deal

Arysta LifeScience will supply to DuPont Crop Protection an innovative fungicide technology with an initial focus on corn and soybean seed applied products.

Agrichemicals

The Dicamba Factor to Weigh Heavily in 2018 Decisions

Other newer herbicides, too, are poised to expand growers’ options as weed resistance struggles show no signs of abating.

Agrichemicals

FMC Third-Quarter Profit Jumps on Americas Volume Growth

Third quarter segment revenue grew 6% year-over-year, excluding India.

Agrichemicals

EU Hits Deadlock on Glyphosate Reauthorization

The EU license for glyphosate is set to expire on Dec. 15.

Agrichemicals

Is it 2008 All Over Again? Chinese Supply Crunch Hits Crop Protection Players

Post-patent players, retailers seek out options and opportunities as the unknowns of supply constraints and consolidation from the Big 6 to the Big 3 take hold.

Agrichemicals

Nufarm to Acquire Portion of FMC’s Herbicides

Nufarm will acquire FMC's SU-class herbicides and Florasulam.

Agrichemicals

Arkansas Plant Board Votes to Adopt Dicamba Cut-Off Date

Changes will prohibit dicamba use in Arkansas between April 16 and Oct. 31.

Bayer
Agrichemicals

EU Restarts Clock on Bayer-Monsanto Deal Review

The European Commission has resumed its antitrust review of Bayer’s planned takeover of U.S. seed maker Monsanto after the companies

Adjuvants

Aqua-Yield Introduces New Herbicide Adjuvant

At only 4 oz./acre application rate, Aqua-Yield has introduced the industry game-changer, Nano-Pro. In university and field testing, Nano-Pro was

Rice Field
Asia

India Asks Germany to Resolve Early Fungicide Issue in Rice

India today asked Germany to address at the earliest the issue related to the tolerance level of fungicide tricyclazole in

Fungicides

Adama New Zealand Removes Mancozeb Cover Spray from Sale

Adama New Zealand, a member of Adama Group, a global crop protection leader, has reported it had pre-emptively recalled Mancozeb

Agrichemicals

Weak Brazil Volumes, Prices Hit DowDuPont Results

Additionally, an expected reduction in corn area in Brazil, as well as a delayed start to its summer season, impacted sales in the region.

Latest News

Americas

Valagro Launches Biostimulant in Brazil

After being launched in Spain, Egypt, Mexico and Italy, RETROSAL is being officially presented to the Brazilian market.

Agrichemicals

Arysta LifeScience Names New Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa

Arysta LifeScience has named Hildo Brilleman as the company’s CEO of its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, effective

Agrichemicals

Missouri Latest U.S. State to Set Dicamba Cut-off Date for 2018

Missouri Department of Agriculture 'takes proactive measures to reduce off-target crop injury during the 2018 growing season.'

Agrichemicals

BASF Reports End of Season Dicamba Results

BASF field reps investigated 787 soybean symptomology claims during the 2017 season.

Agrichemicals

Seed Firms’ Changes Bring Uncertainty, Promises

The months ahead will reveal what these altered players will look like and how they’ll work with dealers and growers. They’ll also show where companies are focusing efforts in trait development and crop systems.