Rodney R. Henwood

October 22, 1938 ‒ June 04, 2021

Fredericktown, Ohio

Rodney R. Henwood, age 82 of Fredericktown, Ohio passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 at Knox community Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on October 22, 1938 in Mount Vernon Ohio, the son of Walter “Mac” and Esther (Hillier) Henwood. Moving at age eight, he was a lifetime resident of Fredericktown.

Rodney was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon. Serving on various boards and committees and actively involved with the Golden Circle Sunday School Class.

Rodney spent many years working with the building and trades industry throughout north central Ohio through the Buckeye Steel and Plumbing Supply Company.

His greatest interests and enjoyment centered on family and community. He served many years as a member of the Fredericktown Community Fire Board. A 1956 graduate of Fredericktown High School, he continued to support both through involvement in community projects with the fire board and athletic boosters.

For many years he seldom missed a Freddie football, basketball or baseball game, home or away. He was frequently seen seated top row center at volleyball, and girls’ and boys’ basketball games quietly cheering the Freddies. In 2018 Rodney was recognized as the Dale Peterson Outstanding Freddie Fan.

Rodney loved the family events, feasts, and holiday get-togethers, and closely followed the life events of numerous nieces and nephews. He was an avid outdoors person, hunting, cutting wood, and discussing farming practices. He enjoyed construction and woodworking activities, frequently restoring antique furniture, wagons, and sleighs.

He is survived by his children Diane L Henwood of Mount Vernon; Debra L Henwood (Paul Haynes) of Columbus; Chris (Kathie) Henwood of Fredericktown; brother-in-law Art Dremann, and sister-in-law Nancy Henwood, both of Fredericktown. He is also survived by numerous extended family.

In addition to his parents, Rodney was predeceased by his sister Beverly Dremann and brother Larry Henwood.

The family will observe private services.

Memorial contributions in Rodney’s name may be made to the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters or the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Rodney R. Henwood.

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  • Rodney was a Special man to any one who knew him . A sense of humor that was second to none. His Love for Sports in Fredericktown is Legendary. He traveled 100s and 100s of miles following those old yellow busses to those Freddie Games. Rodney will be sorely missed , but never Forgotten.

  • We are so very sorry to learn of Rodney’s passing. We are praying for peace and comfort. 🙏🙏🙏 We love you! Elaine Hillier and Cheryl White.

  • Sorry for the loss, Rodney was a faithful member of the 1st Baptist church faithful member at events and always attending Sunday school and church, he will be missed

  • So sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. I just talked to him at the last home Freddie’s baseball game. I know how much joy those games gave him. Seeing and talking to old friends and watching the boys play. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Our sympathy to your family. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Will miss seeing you at the ball games. Ray and Pat

  • Our sympathy to your family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Will miss seeing you at the ball games. Ray and Pat

  • Ed and I were so sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. He will be missed by many. He was a true “Freddie “

  • The Henwood family was like my second family. We lived across the road a 1/2 mile away. Rodney taught me how to plow, boil down maple syrup, play every board game during snow storms, going squirrel hunting in the fall but the highlight was being taught how to milk a cow. That’s friendship. He was a good mentor and was a very important person in my life.

  • My condolences out to Rodneys family. Rodney will be missed by many. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Mtt Vernon.He has attended many years with perfect attendance. He also loved to bring one of his sleighs to decorate in the church at Christmas time.He always had coffee made in the Golden Circle Class every week. RIP Rodney you will be missed.Coffee will not taste the same on Sunday Morning. In fact we did not make any this Sunday past.

  • Dear Diane and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by so many beloved family and friends.
    He was one of the nicest people at church that I have ever meet. He always had a smile for you. Take care.

    Mary Ellen Carpenter

  • Rodney hired me on the Henwood farm in the early 60’s. 50 cents an hour sounded pretty fair for building fence, bailing hay, cutting firewood (sold for $15 a cord delivered!). I learned alot about being a good human being from Rodney’s example. Whenever I look back at Freddie sporting events, I always recall Rodney being there. Well done good and faithful servant!

  • Condolences to Rodney¨s family and friends. He will be missed at church. He was the only one that still greeted me by my nickname.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Henwood family on their loss.
    I will certainly miss Rodney passing by in the truck and the honk and wave.
    As several have stated, he was and is a Fredericktown legend !
    Tom Foster

  • Dear Diane,

    We are so very saddened to learn of your father’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. And may the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you and yours in the days ahead.

    Sue and Melanie

  • Diane and family, I was sorry to hear of your Father’s death. My thoughts and especially my prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. It was always neat to see him at a lot of the games giving his support to our Freddies! – Bill & Jan Mast

  • Many have been blessed by Rodney’s handiwork. He made the huge cross in our sanctuary window. We had such good times in our early years at First Baptist Church. We still talk about Lester’s and Rodney’s antics at our wedding. Rodney will certainly be missed at church. Our sympathy to all the family. May you feel God’s love surround you during this time. God bless you.

  • Rodney had such a pleasant presence. Made me smile every time I saw him.
    Diane, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Prayers and love to all.
    Teresa Gray

  • Sending our deepest sympathy to Rodney’s family. He made me feel so welcome when I visited First Baptist, along with many other members. He was always there on Sunday mornings early to unlock doors and turn the lights on. He will be missed very much.
    Sincerely, Marcia and Harold Bond

  • I am so sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. He was a good friend while I was in my mid teens and allowed me to ride one of his ponies, Dandy, in 4H for several years, also allowed me to keep my horse at his dad’s farm over the winter, play with one of his Beagles, Kim, and mow his yard for $1.50/week. Rodney was such a kind man. Diane was a newborn when we first met. I will never forget Rodney. May he rest in peace.

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