Melvin Rode
Melvin Rode
Nov. 20, 1941-Nov. 7, 2017

DELPHOS — Melvin Rode, PhD, PE, 75, of Delphos passed away on Tuesday at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 20, 1941, to Henry T. and Rosa M. (Kroeger) Rode at home in Jennings Township, Putnam County. They preceded him in death.

On Oct. 29, 1971, he married Marilyn A. Cowdrey (nee Morris) in Miamisburg. She also preceded him in death.

Known in the family as “Bim” or “Bimbadear,” Melvin is survived by his sons, Richard Morris Cowdrey of White Lake, Michigan, Thomas Melvin (Allison) Rode of Delphos and John Henry (Lindsay) Rode of Swartz Creek, Michigan; grandsons, Joshua Cowdrey and Henry, William, Joseph, Erik and Shaun Rode; brothers, Ralph (Maureen) Rode of Elida and Arnold (Mary Ann) Rode of Ottoville; a sister, Alice (Thomas) Kaverman of St. John; and one brother-in-law, William Hemker of Delphos.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lenore Hemker.

Dr. Rode was a graduate of Ohio Northern University, The University of Toledo and the University of Cincinnati in the field of electrical engineering. He was also a licensed professional engineer. He received more than 20 United States patents and a number of foreign patents during his career. His career also included work in electro-hydraulics, vehicle navigation, engine controls, cash registers, accounting machines and radios. He retired from Siemen’s Automotive in 2006. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he had been a member of the Parish Council. He was very active there and was the founder of the Lego Robotics Team at St. John’s School. He really enjoyed his Friday night pinochle club.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Schools, local cancer funds of your choice or The Landeck Improvement Fund.

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