|John T. Rodbourn
AVOCA-John T. Rodbourn, 77, of Avoca, passed away Thursday (Feb. 8, 2018) at the Athens Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Athens, Pa.
Born in Horseheads on Jan. 23, 1941, he was a son of the late James and Katherine (Nash) Rodbourn. In May of 1960, he was married at the Bath Presbyterian Church to the former Margaret Russell, who predeceased him in 1985, after 25 years of marriage. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his two brothers, Larry Rodbourn and Paul Rodbourn and his sister, Martha Rumsey
A resident of Avoca for most of his life, John was a graduate of Haverling Central School in Bath. From 1962 to his honorable discharge in 1968 he proudly served two tours of duty with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. As a result of injuries he sustained he was awarded the Purple Heart, along with numerous other medals and badges.
Before he retired he was employed for more than 30 years with the Gunlocke Corp. in Wayland.
John was a member of the Avoca Hose Company and a past Captain of the Ambulance Corps. He was one of the first EMTs in the area and was very proud to be one of the first instructors in the area for Advanced First Aid.
A loyal supporter of the Avoca Tigers, he loved to spend time bowling, walking and hunting.
His loving family includes his four children, Robert Rodbourn of Henrietta, N.Y., Donald (Kelly) Rodbourn, Jeffrey (Kim) Rodbourn and Terry Rodbourn all of Avoca; his eight grandchildren, Anthony (Elizabeth) Rodbourn, Courtney (Mike) Voss, Zachary (Alexandra) Rodbourn, Matthew Rodbourn (Emily Martin), Ryan Rodbourn (Kristine Cornish), Andrew Rodbourn, Taylor (Austin) Hamilton and Lindsey Rodbourn (Shane Crandall); his two great-grandchildren, Tucker and Augustus; his 12 brothers and sisters, James (Cathy) Rodbourn, Barb (Gary) Allen, Harold (Karen) Rodbourn, Allen (Irene) Rodbourn, Dean Rodbourn, Gary Rodbourn, Keith (Karen) Rodbourn, Lynn Rodbourn, Brian (Ellen) Rodbourn, Mary Smith, Linda Rodbourn (Rod King) and Sam (Pam) Rodbourn; his in-laws, Roland Rumsey, Margaret Russell and Frank (Dee) Russell; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Avoca Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of John T. Rodbourn.
Calling hours are 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2018) at the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St. in Avoca, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2018), with the Rev. Don Lester officiating. Committal services and interment, with military honors, will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Avoca.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Avoca Hose Company and Ambulance Corps, 7 Chase St., P.O. Box 447, Avoca, N.Y. 14809 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
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