Rod first married Beverly Wheeler in 1983. They were divorced. He later married his longtime friend and companion, Rosemary Post, on February 11, 2007, at Prescott, Kan. Rod had worked as a heavy equipment operator for Operators Engineers Local No. 101 out of Kansas City.
He was a member of the Prescott United Methodist Church and the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg. He enjoyed motorcycles, camping and being outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary, of the home; two daughters, Lacey Jackson and husband, Cody, Grove, Okla., and Crystal Wiley and husband, Mo, Wichita, Kan.; a step-son, Troy Post and wife, Ty, Ayr, Neb.
Also surviving are three brothers, Thomas Wakefield and wife, Lynn, Gwinn, Mich., Robert Radike, Gwinn, Mich., and Danny Duncan, of Mont.; and four grandchildren, Maci, Myesha, Chloe, and Tori. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pastor Gary DeMott will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2008, at the Prescott United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Little Walnut Township Cemetery in Leon, Kan.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of sympathy may be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.