On Friday morning, after two weeks in the hospital, Brenda Roever, the wife of AG evangelist Dave Roever, died from complications linked to COVID-19 and entered into the presence of Christ. She was 71.
Brenda was co-founder with Dave of The Eagle’s Summit Ranch ministries in Colorado and Texas. There they and their team train wounded warriors in areas of specific focus such as public speaking and marital and emotional recovery after devastating injury. However, Brenda was perhaps best known for her faithfulness in her marriage to Dave, her husband of 53 years, and being a key part of Dave’s testimony messages.
In 1969, a phosphorous grenade exploded in Roever’s hand when it was struck by a bullet during a battle in Vietnam. Roever’s face and body were so severely burned — literally still burning due to the phosphorous — and damaged, medics initially tagged him as KIA (killed in action). Burned beyond recognition, he was shipped home where he witnessed another burn victim’s wife take off her ring, toss it on the veteran’s bed, and walk away.
Dreading and expecting the same, Dave was stunned when Brenda came to his bedside, looked him in his remaining eye, and told him that she loved him.
God’s provision and Brenda’s loving support carried Dave through 60 surgeries throughout the years. Her devotion to — and continued love — for Dave, despite his marred features and many life and medical challenges, impacted countless lives. Even though she wasn’t a public speaker, her actions said far more than words ever could.
The Roever family is suffering due to the loss of Brenda as wife, mother, and grandmother. However, this steadfast, loving, and compassionate woman of faith lives on in them as well as the countless military — and non-military — lives her life has touched and encouraged even in the darkest of times.
Dave shared, “I am devastated, but not destroyed. We will NOT be denied our destiny! I will move forward more passionately than ever. This ministry is committed to doubling down on my mission — that none should perish.”
Brenda is survived by her husband, Dave; son, Matthew and Jaime Roever, and their sons, Colby and Austin of Junction, Texas; daughter, Kimberly and Phil Chapin, and their daughters, Kali and Kennedi, of Monument, Colorado; and other family members. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Verdell and Helen Draper; a sister, Willie Williams; a brother, Wilburn Draper; and a niece, Sheryl Williams.
A memorial service for Brenda will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Bethesda Community Church in Haltom City (Fort Worth), Texas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, to consider making a donation to the Roever Foundation.