Rodney D. Zody

March 09, 1932 ‒ June 08, 2011

Jacksonville, Florida and formerly Mansfield, Ohio

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA-Rodney Dean Zody, age 79, passed away at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 8, 2011, after a long courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born on March 9, 1932 to Gerald and Olive Busenburg Cates. Rodney was later adopted by his aunt and uncle, Leland and Annis Cates Zody. He graduated from Perrysville High School in 1950, where he played football and basketball.

Following high school he joined the United States Navy and served in the Korean Conflict. Rodney served in the Navy Reserves after his honorable discharge.

He retired from Artesian Industries where he was an active member of his local union. He also worked part time at Lex Lanes and Snow Trails for many years. Upon his retirement Rodney moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he attended New Life Christian Fellowship.

Mr. Zody had a passion for coaching. He coached Little League and Flag Football in the Lexington area, even before his son was old enough to play. When the football program began at Lexington High School, he volunteered to be part of the chain crew. You could find him most Saturday afternoons in the Fall cheering on his beloved “Minutemen.”

Rodney was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lexington, serving on the first church council. He was also was instrumental in starting the Robert L Caster Post 5101 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lexington.

Rodney was blessed with a servant’s heart and genuinely loved his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his wife Linda Zody of Mansfield; children Melinda Zody Dowling (Richard), Tallahassee, FL; Laurie Zody Aurand and Michael A. Zody, both of Jacksonville, FL; twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild; stepdaughters Dottie (Jim) Dugan,Sue Tester (Don Lewis) and Rochelle Caldwell all from the Mansfield area; four step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren; sister Loyis Carter of Worthington; brothers John (Joann) Cates and Jim (Marsha) Cates; sisters Judy Boyd, Brenda (William) Sweval and Susan (Gary) Husbands, all of Mansfield.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Richard Zody and his dear nephew, Richard Carter.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 19, 2011 from 2-5pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral will be held Monday at 11am. Burial with military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veteran Burial Detail in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be made at the funeral home.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Zody family and private online condolences to them are encouraged by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com