McKINNEY, TEXAS — RODKEY – Richard C. “Dick,” 85, formerly of Moline, Ill., and Rock Island, Ill., died in McKinney, Texas, May 29, 2014. Dick was born Aug. 21, 1928, in Uniontown, the son of Clarence and Clara Rodkey. He attended public schools in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University, where he met and married his wife, Margaret. They had been married 60 years and have six children, Susan Conklin, Long Grove, Iowa; Christopher Rodkey, Washington, La.; Eric Rodkey, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; Mary Rodkey, Rock Island, Ill.; Peter Rodkey, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Rebecca Bennett, McKinney, Texas. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren. Dick began his flying career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force in 1952. He later became a corporate pilot and flew for companies in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Moline, Ill., where he retired as the manager of aviation with Deere & Co. in 1993. During his aviation career, he never lost the idea of the “romance of flying.” He was a member and officer of the National Business Aviation Association. He owned and flew a bi-wing airplane. He earned his basic and instrumental instructor’s licenses at age 60 in order to teach two of his children to fly. His other love was tennis. He obtained his tennis instructor’s certification at age 70. He played tennis on his 85th birthday this past August. We are a tennis family – Dad taught all of us. Dick enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, the outdoors and telling stories and making up silly songs and sayings to the embarrassment of his grandchildren. He loved watching the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields, and we laughed at him laughing. He was the quintessential family man and an honorable man who was highly respected by all who knew him. We will miss him. A private service was held May 31, 2014, in McKinney, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, where Dick was a member. His body was donated to the medical school at the University of Texas in Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. June 7 at Sacred Heart Parish, Moline. Donations may be made to the local Alzheimer’s Association.
- District Deaths July 24, 2014
Thomas Barton Jr.
BARTON – Thomas Jr., 87, Central City, died July 21, 2014, at home.
Dorothy B. Bermosk
BERMOSK – Dorothy B., 87, Johnstown, passed away July 20, 2014, at Golden Living Center.
Leland Doyle Carney Jr.
CARNEY – Leland Doyle Jr. “Junior” or “Lee,” 77, Pomaria, S.C., formerly of Seward, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.
Ernest R. Contrillo
CONTRILLO – Ernest R., 61, Pittsburgh, formerly of Central City, died July 20, 2014.
Cecelia C. Duncan
DUNCAN – Cecelia C. “Sue,” 78, Johnstown, died July 22, 2014, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
Capt. Dudley C. Hunt
HUNT – Capt. Dudley C., (retired) MPD, Washington, D.C., 77, Windber, passed away July 22, 2014, at home.
Dorothy M. (Moyer) Kepler
KEPLER – Mrs. Dorothy M. (Moyer), 90, Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portage, entered into new life July 19, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale.
Anna Marie Krumenacker
KRUMENACKER – Anna Marie, 85, Carrolltown, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Johnstown.
- Funerals July 24, 2014
BLOCK – Deborah, 62, Johnstown, died July 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Edward James Clark
CLARK – Edward James, 89, Johnstown, formerly of Minersville, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Nicole Lyn Eskridge
ESKRIDGE – Nicole Lynn, 24, Linden, Va., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Jeffery Lynn Flick
FLICK – Jeffery Lynn, 58, Seattle, Wash., formerly of Hollsopple, passed on July 3, 2014, in Seattle.
Elizabeth J. Knapik
KNAPIK – Elizabeth J. “Bethann,” 75, Northern Cambria, passed away July 21, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Christopher Shawn Reed
REED – Christopher Shawn, 22, Windber, died July 20, 2014.
Violet Marie (Snyder) Shaffer-Eastlake
SHAFFER-EASTLAKE – Violet Marie (Snyder), 90, Hidden Valley Road, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, died July 22, 2014.
Teresa L. Smith
SMITH – Teresa L., 50, Johnstown, died July 19, 2014, at her residence.
TURNER – Rosemary, 91, formerly of Johnstown and Woodville, Ohio, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Genoa Care Center, Genoa, Ohio.
Mary Ann (Guzic) Walter
WALTER – Mary Ann (Guzic), 77, Lilly, went to her eternal rest July 21, 2014, surrounded by her family at her residence.
- Funerals July 23, 2014
- District Deaths July 22, 2014
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