Lyall N. Rodgers

August 09, 1929 ‒ February 23, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

Lyall N. Rodgers, age 89, of Sunbury, passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, February 23, 2019 after a prolonged illness, surrounded by his loving family.

A 1947 graduate of Cortland High School in New York, he graduated with a degree in Business from Youngstown State in 1951. He then entered the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict and attaining the rank of Lieutenant.

During his working career he was the youngest Credit Manager at Sears & Roebuck, where he was responsible for many innovations in the credit field. He was also involved in the development of much of the ECOA legislation and its approval, along with starting his own consulting company which employed 120 people.

In his retirement years he was very involved in the Sunbury community where he and his wife Joan resided. He served as President of the Lions Club, was very active in the Big Walnut Historical Society, and served as the Sunbury Village Administrator. Lyall also earned his real estate license and worked with agents Wendell Davidson and Nancy Murphy. He was a longtime member of the Sunbury United Methodist Church, as well.

A deeply loved Dad and Grandfather, Lyall touched many lives during his time here. His proudest achievement was raising his close-knit family (along with Joan, of course) and seeing them establish successful families of their own. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his loving wife of over 68 years, Lyall is survived by son Bob Rodgers (Virginia) of Sunbury; daughters Lynne Barker of Sunbury, Cindy (David) Cordle of Centerburg, and Chris (Joe) Sharlike of Sunbury; and older brother Ernest of Westerville, along with nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on the family on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Sunbury Methodist Church from 1:00 p.m., with service at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Michael Mack officiating. Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Lyall’s memory to the church.

Special memories and condolences may be shared at: The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Lyall’s family.

  • A very kind man – so glad our paths crossed. Praying for God’s comfort during this difficult time.

  • With many fond memories working with Lyall through Big Walnut Area Historical Society I recall his calm mannerism and absolutely generous listening qualities. My sympathies to you, Joan, and all your family.

  • To Lyall’s family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I, myself, have found comfort in reading Job 14:14,15 where it shows that Jehovah God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. The Bible gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort and strength as well, remembering that soon God will wipe away our tears and swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)

  • I am so sorry to read of Lyall’s passing,

    He was in Lions Club with daddy and it was always a pleasure to see him when I would go to Ladies night or other Lions’ functions; I would also see him at the church when I would visit.

    He was such a sweet, kind man…I have such fond memories of him.

    My heart goes out to you all; please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Rodgers family. I always enjoyed the political conversations he and I had in the church narthex and his sense of humor. He was well informed about issues and was an inspiration. He will be missed by many.
    Alice and John Nicks

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. No matter how much you think you are prepared for this, you’re not. My prayers are for peace, comfort, and strength for you all in the days ahead.

  • Ted and I are so very sorry to hear about Lyall’s passing. Your family has always been so warm and welcoming to us both. Lyall and Joan are very special people and so is your whole family. I have always enjoyed speaking with Lyall, and what a story he had to tell, an amazing life! Our prayers are with you all through this difficult time, and always.

  • My condolences to the family for this loss. I pray for peace and comfort to everyone during this trying time.

  • There always seemed to be a warm, sincere smile for me when I’d see Lyall. He was a kind, loving, intelligent man whom my late husband, Terry, spoke of highly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • I made a post on facebook early this morning, without realizing this site was available
    To all of Lyall’s close knit family and friends, my deepest sympathy prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Lyall’s life was indeed one worthy of celebration. What a kind and generous man, his time and his heart always available and his doors thrown wide to welcome his ever growing family.
    As Geoff Kuhl’s mother in law I experienced that generosity in many ways.
    I was frequently invited to join in the family celebrations at Christmas. What a truly kind gentleman, and always so dapper. You will be missed Lyall. My very heartfelt thought go to your wife Joan and all your children, grand children and great grand children You have earned your place in heaven, go now, rest in peace.

    Wendy Heath

  • Sympathy to all his family. He did much in his life. He left us with good experiences and memories of his presence.