Sylvester M. Rode, 89, of Fort Jennings, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at his residence. He was born September 16, 1927, in Landeck to Sylvester H. and Leona (Rahrig) Rode. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Emogene Keller and then married Norma Hanf; they both preceded him in death.
He is survived by two sons, Michael (Joyce) Rode of Fort Jennings and Mark (Sue) Rode of Central Point, Oregon; two daughters, Diane (Danny) Ladd of Cloverdale, IN and Gale Young of Fort Jennings; two brothers-in-law, Paul Etgen of Delphos and Thomas (Mary) Keller of Cloverdale; a sister-in-law, Maxine Rode of Celina; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Quentin “Tin, and Ted Rode and three sisters, Zita Martin Allen, Sylvia Martin Lewis, and Audrey Etgen.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and he had retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of service. He enjoyed playing cards at the senior citizens center, gardening, canning and working in his orchard, loved traveling all over the U.S., and in his younger years he loved to go bowling.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with viewing one hour prior at the church. Father Jerry Schetter will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be held at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.