Patrick ‘Tony’ Rode, age 71, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 18 at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
He was born July 13, 1949 in Lima to James F. and Helen M. (Schneider) Rode who preceded him in death.
Tony was united in marriage to Pamela Calvelage on September 18, 1971 who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughter Leslie and Son-in-law Kevin Looser of Lakeview.
He is also survived by two sisters, Chris (Bill) Hartsock of Van Wert, and Kathy Young of Delphos; five brothers Mike (Deb) Rode, Dennis (Rhian) Rode, Jim (Mary) Rode, Joe (June) Rode and John (Bonnie) Rode all of Delphos; a sister-in-law, Janet Rode of Delphos; mother-in-Law, Ruth Calvelage of Gomer; sister-in-law Judy Schram; a brother-in-law, Frank (Gwen) Calvelage of Florida; special aunt, Joey Rosendale; 20 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews.
Tony was also preceded in death by his brother, Dan Rode; father-in-law Louis Calvelage; brother-in-law, Lewis Calvelage; and brother-in-law, Dean Young.
Tony graduated from St. John’s High School in 1967 and retired as a telecommunications contractor. He was a lifetime member of AmVets, American Legion and V.F.W.
In his spare time he enjoyed reading (especially Louis L’amour books), watching Sci Fi movies, telling funny stories, tinkering with bicycles in his garage, hanging out with his numerous friends and cruising around in his little red truck.
Anyone who knew Tony would tell you that he had the biggest heart and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need.
Tony proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned the National Defense service medal, Vietnam service medal, Vietnam campaign medal and Rifle sharpshooter badge. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wounded Warriors.
He will be sorely missed by all.
A graveside military service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021 at St. John’s Cemetery. After the service, family and friends are welcome to come to the VFW, Delphos, for a toast to Tony and celebrate his life.
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