William G. "Bill" Rodenberger, 88, died at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 25, 2008, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Foraker to Claudus and Noma McGlaughlin Rodenberger, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 12, 1939, he married Violet L. Gill, who survives.
Mr. Rodenberger retired as a commercial electrician from Ex-Cell-O Corp., Bluffton. He was a member of St. John United Methodist Church, Columbus Grove. He was a member of American Legion Post 516, Columbus Grove. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the Signal Corps in Stuttgart, Germany, and other European countries.
He was interested in the science of electronics studying at several schools in the field and was an avid student of journals on electronics. He held a general class amateur radio license with the call letters W8JIZ and was a ham radio operator for 75 years. As an amateur radio operator, he became a member of the Military Affiliate Radio System, which is a high-voltage radio network that provides worldwide auxiliary communication on a local, national and international basis. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a master cabinetmaker. As a husband, dad and grandpa, he always displayed dignity and a sense of humor, which remained a part of him right up until his death.
Survivors also include four sons, Bill (Pat) Rodenberger, of Boyd, Texas, Dr. Larry E. (Bobbi) Rodenberger, of Lebanon, Terry Rodenberger, of Lima, and David J. Rodenberger, of St. Marys; a brother, David "Junior" (Fan) Rodenberger, of Palm Bay, Fla.; a sister, Juanita Shellenbarger, of Lima; and 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Rodenberger.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John United Methodist Church, Columbus Grove. Pastor Gary Ginter will officiate. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove, with military rites by American Legion Post 516 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9648.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributionns may be made to St. Rita's Hospice.