Dr. Rodolfo S. Vocal

September 08, 1929 ‒ November 20, 2002

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Dr. Rodolfo Suria “Rudy” Vocal, 73, of West Hanley Road, died Wednesday morning November 20, 2002 in his home following an extended illness.

Now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Dr. Rudy, as he was affectionately known, was born September 8, 1929 in Manapla Negros Occ, Philippines, to Edilberto, Sr., and Rosita (Suria) Vocal, came to the United States in 1958 and to Mansfield in 1972 from Newbury Park, California.

He was graduated from Silliman University in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and the Manila Central University College of Medicine with a degree in Psychiatry. He served his internship at Perth-Amboy General Hospital in New Jersey . He was co-founder of the former Richland Hospital. He was in private practice until the past year when he suffered a stroke. He originally practiced at Madison Hospital, for MANCI and the Bucyrus Community Counseling and practiced part time in Ashland, Wooster, Millersburg and Newark.

A member of the Baptist faith, and a true humanitarian, Dr. Rudy collected and sent medical equipment and supplies and school supplies to various hospitals and schools in the Philippines. He was a member of Richland County Medical Association and the Board of Trustees of Richland Hospital. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved nature, especially the snow, scuba diving and archery. Most of all, he delighted in his youngest daughter Chelsea, who was the joy of his life. He enjoyed his island named Anawan in the Philippines where he was building a vacation retreat.

A loving husband, father, grandfather and always the consummate friend, he will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife Cheryl G. (Renfrew) Vocal whom he married August 22, 1988; three daughters Sandra L. Prosser, Lori A. Smith and her companion James D. Webb, Jr. all of Mansfield, Chelsea N. Vocal at home; a son Dr. David C. Vocal, DDS, and his wife Chrissa of Westerville; two step sons Eric A. Snoddy of Columbus and Matthew P. Snoddy at home; four grandchildren Ashley A. Smith, Jason M. Vocal, Blake C. R. Prosser and Theo Vocal; four sisters and two brothers-in-law Ascuzana S. and Carlos Gayatin, Magdelina S. Hornada, Terasita S. and Ching Suria, and Nenita S. Hansberger all of California; a brother and sister-in-law Edilberto, Jr. and Myrna Vocal of the Philippines; and his care giver and friend Pamela Boreman of Mansfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Edwardo Montinola.

Friends may call Friday November 22, 2002 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a celebration of Dr. Vocal’s life will be held Saturday November 23 at 1:30 pm. His close friend Pastor Dan DeHass will officiate.

At Dr. Vocal’s request, his cremated remains will be scattered on his island.

Memorial contributions to Manapla School in the Philippines may be made at the funeral home.