Kenneth Rode
Kenneth Rode

March 29, 1932-March 11, 2017

DELPHOS – Kenneth E. Rode, 84, of Delphos passed away Saturday at 5:45 A.M. at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos.

His Family…. He was born March 29, 1932, to Frank C. and Regina (Grothaus) Rode, who both preceded him in death. On Aug. 9, 1958, he married Gertrude C. (Burgei) Rode, who passed away Nov. 10, 1999.

He will be greatly missed by his family: two sons, Dan (Sue) Rode of Delphos and Brian (Carol) Rode of Findlay; two daughters, Karen (Stan) Wisher of Elida and Marcia (Jason) Vance of Lima; a son-in-law Dave Siefker of Delphos; his good friend, Sharon Gengler of Delphos, his brother, Gerald A. Rode of Delphos; 10 grandchildren, Kyle(Samantha) Rode, Lauren(Alan) Trentman, Nicholas(Abbie) Rode, Jenna Rode, Todd(Nikki) Wisher, Kevin Wisher, Lindsey Wisher, Kristy(John) Munoz, Jeff(Brittney) Siefker, and Justin Siefker; and four great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Olivia, Roy and Brayden.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Siefker; his brother, Vernon Rode; and sister, Arlene Edelbrock.

His Legacy…. Ken dearly loved his family and especially spending time with the kids and grandkids. Ken was a very proud lifelong farmer of the Rode farm which has been in the family for well over a 100 years. His hobbies were fishing, traveling and golfing. He enjoyed spending time with his golfing buddies on and off the course. In 1976 he became part owner of Reliable Plumbing and Heating in Delphos and retired from there in 1993. Prior to Reliable he had worked at Sears as an appliance repairman for 20 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where he previously served as an usher. Ken was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 3035 in Delphos and served on their Burial Detail Honor Guard for many years. He was also a member of the Delphos Eagles Lodge 471, and the Van Wert Moose Lodge 1320

His Farewell Services.… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with graveside military rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Weber Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the ALS Foundation.

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