Rosser Conway Iden of Aldie, Virginia, passed away on May 5, 2020, at the age of 88. He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. George William Iden of the Unison/Bloomfield area. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Dot) Fox Iden; daughter, Beverly Iden Tate; son-in-law, Michael Tate; and grandsons, Samuel (Sam) and Jack Tate. He was predeceased by brothers William (Bill) and John Iden. He is also survived by brothers-in-law James Fox (Leesburg), David Fox (Aldie), and Elmer Fox (Sterling); sisters-in-law Dotti Lu Fox (Blacksburg), Betty Monroe (Round Hill), Molly Cordaro (Sandy, Utah), and Linda Flynn (with husband Jim, Leesburg); as well as many loved nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.
Rosser’s father died when he was nine and he grew up fast. When electricity came to rural Loudoun, in 1942, he wired his mother’s house; he was age 11. He attended the old Unison and Bluemont Schools. While attending Lincoln High School, he was allowed as a student to drive the school bus. After high school, he worked for local builders and contractors, and helped wire Unison United Methodist Church.
He and Dot were married in June 1955, and two months later he was drafted into the Army. After boot camp, he was sent to Anchorage, Alaska. Upon leaving the Army, he started R.C. Iden Excavating and worked in Loudoun, Fauquier, Fairfax, and Arlington counties. His longtime employee and friend was his brother-in-law, David Fox. Rosser had the pleasure of working as a subcontractor for Davey Tree Company on many interesting jobs including Arlington Cemetery, Hampton Coliseum, Monticello, Mount Vernon, National Zoo, Kennedy Center, Korean Embassy, FDR Memorial, Air Force Memorial, WW II Memorial, Naval Observatory, and White House; he was part of the team that planted the While House Living Christmas Tree in 1978 and again in 2011, when the prior tree was damaged by an ice storm. The Washington Building Congress honored him with a Craftsmanship Award in 1998, for his part in the construction of the FDR Memorial. Rosser also worked with several builders in Arlington County: Dittmar Company, J.L. Albrittain, TJO Company, and Potomac Custom Builders.
Rosser enjoyed spending time in his garden as well as at riverfront property near Tappahannock, VA, which he and Dot purchased in 1966. He taught family and friends, too numerous to count, to waterski and parasail there. He planted thousands of trees during his lifetime and built five houses (from the ground up) – three of which he still owned. Rosser never met a stranger and was friends to many; he will be missed.
Rosser was a lifelong member of the Unison UMC, although he faithfully attended Aldie UMC for 50+ years and lately Arcola UMC. While attending Aldie UMC, he planted the oak trees on site and dedicated parking lot improvements in memory of Dot’s parents. He was a member of the Aldie Ruritan Club and often was seen at local events helping with parking; for the annual Middleburg Christmas Parade he would set up and cook an outdoor early breakfast for his fellow Ruritan parking assistants.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rosser’s memory to Unison UMC (21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, VA 22117) or a charity of your choice.
In light of the current pandemic, a private graveside service is planned at Ebenezer Cemetery. A celebration of Rosser’s life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Royston Funeral Home, please visit www.roystonfh.com to express online condolences to the family.