Rodney W. Furby

June 08, 1930 ‒ May 22, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

Rodney W. Furby, age 84, of Fredericktown passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, May 22, 2015 at his home. He was born June 8, 1930 in Copen, WV, son of the late Hoy and Iva (Wilson) Furby.

Rodney honorably served his country as an MP in the Army during the Korean War being stationed at the U.S. Capital. He worked for Westinghouse in Mansfield for over 31 years and was the last foreman to leave the plant at its closing in 1990. Rodney was faithful man serving the Palmyra Church of Christ for 33 years as an Elder. He enjoyed spending his Sunday afternoons visiting the homebound of the Church and playing on the church softball team. Rodney was also a member of the Middlebury Grange where he was a member of the State Champion dart ball team. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Rodney is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Velma (McCoy) Furby; children, Terry (Bill) Gambrell of Cincinnati, Sandra (Rob) Berry of Concord, NC, Paula (Jeff) Coffing of Fredericktown and Mitch (Beth) Furby of Howard; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren;  sister, Janice Ocheltree of Bellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Rodney was preceded in death by brothers, Denver, Junior “Allen”, Paul and Edward Furby; and sisters, Jean Helmick, Pearline Linger, Virginia Cain, and Lenore Hutchinson.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Palmyra Church of Christ, 21184 Zolman Rd., Fredericktown, where a funeral service celebrating the life of Rodney will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 with Evangelist Troy Northrop officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. The family will also receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Palmyra Church of Christ in Rodney’s memory.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Rodney W. Furby.

  • Dear Velma, Paula and Mitch,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you . Rod will be remembered as a faithful servant of the Lord.

    John and Marilyn

  • I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family. A wonderful promise is found in Revelation 21:4 which says, “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Just imagine what joy we will feel when we greet our loved ones again.

  • Velma and family,
    Kathleen & I were sorry to hear the news of Rods passing. He was a good guy! We will miss him.
    Max & Kathleen

  • So sorry to learn of Rod’s passing. You all have our deepest Sympathy.

  • And the Heavens opened to receive yet another strong Christian man. We here on earth will miss his presence tremendously. Always pleasant and concerned for others and their souls. Prayers for peace and comfort to his beloved family.

  • Paula and Jeff and families, so sorry to hear of your loss. I t hasn’t been but a short time Fred had such a good visit with your Father at WALMART while I was shopping. Many blessings and prayers.

    • What a shock to learn of Rod’s passing so suddenly. When Max was an elder at Palmyra he relied on Rod a lot for all his wisdom and knowledge. He will surely be missed. Love to all the family at this difficult time.

  • Sorry to Here of Rods Passing, GREAT GUY & SERVANT OF GOD ..Love to Velma ,Terry, Sandra, Paula, Mitch. & All the Family… He will truly will be missed….Larry & Ruth Ann..

  • Mitch, Paula and family,
    We are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance
    Elinor Bartlett

  • Always encouraging when we see fellow brothers & sisters in Christ, keeping the faith & finishing the race strong! Prayers for the family!

  • Sorry for your loss, Rodney’s legacy lives on and his faith showed not only in his lif but also in the lives of his children. Your family is in our prayers.


  • Over the years, what an example for us to see the faithfulness of Rod and Velma at church whenever the doors were open regardless of the weather. If Rod wasn’t there, you knew he wasn’t feeling well. You’re family is in my thoughts and prayers!


  • Paula and Jeff you have my deepest sympathy , so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time .

  • So sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor, and was always so pleasant to talk to. He will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Karen Miller

  • To Velma and the Furby Family:

    Just heard of your loss. So sorry !!
    Rod represented the good in the world
    and his faith in God. Time to take
    care of Mom, as I know you will.

  • Ron was and still is a great guy. It is a wonderful thing to know that our saved loved ones are with the Lord. I worked with him at Westinghouse and wanted to say that my prayers are with the whole family. Terry, my thoughts are with you.
    Joe Barber

    • Joe, thanks so much for your kind words. Can’t tell you how much it means to me that you remember me and are thinkin of me. Since I left these parts for Cincinnati so many years ago, it’s easy to feel forgotten and alone at a time like this. I thought the world of my Dad! He was the wisest, most Godly man to me, and such a friend to others. He touched many lives along the way. Seemed he could relate to all generations! I miss him tremendously. Again, thank you, Joe!