Al Rodney 1949-2017
Albert (Al) E. Rodney, 68, of Holton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at 2:34 p.m. at his home with family.
He was born Oct. 30, 1949, in Huntsville, Mo., and was raised in Moberly, Mo., by his grandmother, Nora Hardin, and family.
Al served in the United States Army. He was stationed overseas in Korea and Germany, and stateside in Colorado, Georgia and Kansas. He was a 13-year member of The American Legion Post #1 in Topeka. He was very proud of his service to the United States and faithfully flew an American flag. On a wall at home, he proudly displayed pictures of family members of the United States military from the past and present.
Al Rodney married Avis Shupe on Aug. 28, 1993, and they shared their life in Holton until her passing in February of 2013.
In 2011, he retired from Frito-Lay in Topeka. Al was an over the road truck driver for Frito Lay for 34 years and had received safety awards for 1, 2, and 3 million miles of driving without an accident. He also competed in the truck rodeo competitions in Texas.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Avis Shupe Rodney; his mother, JoAnn Rodney Watzlowick; and a grandaughter, Shanelle Hilke Nattier.
Survivors include his children, Christina (Steve) Hilke and Cathileen (Corey) Eads, both of Cairo, Mo., Jennifer Rodney of Topeka and James (Melinda) Rodney of Eudora; grandchildren, Alexandra Potts, Jason Potts (IL), Tia Goble, Zackary Smith, Hunter Harper (MO) and Makaela Carlock (KS); great-grandchildren, Stevi Wilkerson, Carson Hilke, Brayden Goble (MO) and Haley Nattier (IL); siblings, Doc (Susan) Jenkins and Kent (Francis) Jenkins, both of Albany, Ga., Toni (Steve) Cloud of Topeka, Ricky (Robert) Watzlowick of Leesburg, Ga., Tracy Tarrer and Windi (James) White both of Albany, Ga.; and cousins, nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetary in Jacksonville, located at 1479 County Road 1675, Jacksonville, MO 65260.
Memorials can be sent in lieu of flowers to Jackson County Friends of Hospice, 129 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.