Rodney W. “Rod” Sanborn

December 31, 1981 ‒ June 19, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Rodney W. “Rod” Sanborn, age 35 of Sparta died Monday, June 19th, 2017 at Mt. Carmel East after suffering an aneurysm on May 29th.

Rod left this world way to young, he was born on December 31, 1981 in Columbus to John and Breena (Knoff) Sanborn of Fredericktown. He was a member of the Highland High School class of 2001.

He was the proud father of his three-year-old son, Lincoln John Sanborn. In addition to his parents he is also survived by his three siblings: sister Amber (Clay) Hilton, brother Shane (Jennifer) Sanborn both all of Sparta, and sister Rhonda (Emerson) Yepez of Hilliard. Rod loved all his nieces and nephews as each were very special to him; Brooklynn, Sierra, Savanna, Brayden, Mila, Jase, and Emma. He is also survived by his grandparents, John L. and Ethel Sanborn of Groveport, Gloria Knoff of Columbus, as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous close friends.  Rod also leaves behind his fiancé, Adriane Dudgeon and her two girls, Clarissa, and Madison.

In addition to being a proud father, Rod was full of life and loved to make others smile and laugh. He was truly the life of every party. His nieces and nephews loved his silliness and the pranks he often played on them. Every holiday he ensured the children would receive large bags of Reese’s Cups, silly string, and air horns amongst other items to create a holiday of mass chaos as he chuckled. He worked as a heavy equipment operator with IUOE Local 18 as a pipeliner, alongside his brother Shane. A job which he truly enjoyed and loved those whom he worked with.

A true outdoors man, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as a cold Bud Light. Caring and kind, he will be remembered for his helpful ways and fun-loving spirit, even in the midst of seriousness.

Friends may call from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61, Sunbury where services celebrating his life and love will follow at 3:00 p.m. His family requests that you share stories and memories of Rod which cause a smile or laughter, just as Rod would.

Quoting from Dr. Seuss “Do not cry because it is over, smile because it happened”.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Rodney Sanborn Memorial Fund for the benefit of his son, c/o First Knox, P.O. Box 1270, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • We are so so sorry. Rod was loved and a good and loyal friend, and truly was the life of the party. We are praying for all of you.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers for stength and comfort during this most difficult time. Love Dean and Betty Riegel

  • So very sorry for your families loss. Rod, you were such a great guy and always fun to be around! Many thoughts and prayers for all of your family and especially your little boy.

  • To Amber and all of her family, sending my sincere condolences. Praying for strength during this difficult time for all of you.

  • Sending thoughts and prayers to Rod’s family and friends. He will be missed by so many. He and I were Highschool friends, and my daughter Hailey thought the world of him and talked about him often. The holidays were her favorite times with Rod as she would tell me with excitement how much he spoiled her.

    He was a wonderful, silly, fun, loving person and he will never be forgotten.

  • Rod was a great friend growing up
    So sad to hear he passed. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  • I am so sorry to hear this. My heart breaks for all you. Knowing Rod since was an itty bitty guy, he’d drove Shane nuts and embarrassed him, thinking back, brings tears to my eyes while it also makes me chuckle to know he stayed true to his roots by being the most sweetest, fun lovin and ornery guy with his stinky grin. He will be so missed by so many. My deepest condolences, hugs and prayers to you all ❤

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We’re praying for God to comfort you and give you strength that only He can give.

    • So sorry for family and ferinds.He will be missed by all.He left us way to early.Must be the Good Lord needed a friend .RIP ROD

  • Great dad co- worker and proud to say my friend. Things are not the same without you. I miss the picnic table after work complaining about our day with your grillmaster skills lol. Your last tree was cut here with us God has some rite-A-way to clear to lay some pipe he took one of our best to do the job . I miss you my friend always loved never forgotten

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you all for the strength, courage and love that will get you through. So, so sorry for your loss. Words can not express. My heart goes out to you. I really enjoyed getting to know Rod when he helped me paint my house. Yes he was orinary with a heart of gold.

  • We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Buddy, Cheyenne, & family

  • I have known “of” Rod since I was a small child. His brother Shane was great friends with my brother Jimmy Patrick. Years and years passed, and he fell in love with our sweet cousin Adriane…and they had a handsome little boy together. We got to know him more, and enjoyed our chats, and many laughs together at family gatherings. Rod, we will miss you buddy. Lincoln is a chip off of the old block, so he will absolutely keep us laughing…and remind his Mommy and sisters of you when they see you shining through him every day. We’re so sorry our time with you was so short. Rest easy friend…and we were happy to have you as a part of the family for the years that we did.

  • My heart is broken. It was a joy growing up alongside of all of you. There was so much laughter and that is something I will always remember. My condolences to all of you. I send love and healing thoughts to you all.

  • Sorry to hear this, I knew Rod and Shane from school. He was a great guy and I know he will be missed.

  • My heart cries for such a huge loss. Pray the angels wrap their wings around you all and give you comfort and strength. Love and Hugs my dear friends!!

  • My condolences to your family. I cannot imagine what you guys are going through. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • John, Breena and Family, Our hearts are truly breaking for all of you at this difficult time. Please know you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Peace and comfort for you that only He can give.

  • John and Breena. So very sorry for your loss. The Thomas family sends you their condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and may you find peace in the Lord.

    Ralph, Anthony and Rebecca.

  • John, Breena and Family,
    You’re in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers at this very difficult time
    Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

  • Rod will be missed as a friend and a teammate. He was a very hard worker and brought laughter with him and brightened the day of all those who worked with him. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your family during this time. From Everyone at Letourneau Enterprises, LLC

  • I have such fond memories of Rod as a fun childhood friend, and of the kindness of your entire family. Thinking of you all with love and a heavy heart.

  • So sorry to hear this Rod was an amazing person, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort during this difficult time. Fly away on Angels Wings….💕🙏😇

  • Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • Rod always made class so much more fun when we were younger. So sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family

  • We are truly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rod always had me laughing when he would come into Bob and Mary’s for lunch.

  • We are very sorry for the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • I am truly sorry for the unexpected loss of Rod. He will fondly be remembered by his friends and family. He was a dear friend of my son, Nick. I remember him from his high school years. A very friendly and kind young man. Gone too soon! Hugs to his family and friends!