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Mr. William Rodney "Rod" Coverdale

Obituary for Mr. William Rodney "Rod" Coverdale

June 20, 1936 - November 1, 2020
Parma Heights, Ohio | Age 84

Loving Father, Dear Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, and Cherished Brother, Uncle and Friend of Many


William Rodney "Rod" Coverdale, age 84, of Parma Heights, Ohio, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Ames Family Hospice in Westlake, Ohio.

He was born in June 1936 in Trinway, Ohio to Ruth E. (nee Welsh) and William K. Coverdale. Rod served in the U.S. Army in France from 1959 to 1960. He worked for the Eaton Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio. His passion was for fine jewelry and he was a certified gemologist and diamontologist. Rod was a longtime faithful member, Church Elder, and Sunday School Director at the former Church In The Woods in Parma Heights, Ohio. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping, fishing, and trains. He was known for never forgetting a person's name, and for his famous hospitality, always reminding everyone "the coffee is always on." He will be fondly remembered and truly missed by all who knew him.

A very proud husband, father, and grandfather, Rod is survived by his children Carol Spirakus (Bryan), LeeAnn Coverdale, and Scott Coverdale; his grandchildren Bryan, Bradley (Tiffany), Bethany (TJ), Brandon, Alyssa (Tyler), and Desiree (Steven); his great-grandchildren Cory, Emerson, Bowen, Gracie, and Renley; his brothers Paul E. Coverdale and Timothy R. Coverdale (Earlene); many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends, and his lovable Puggle Buddy.

Rod was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara Lee Coverdale (nee Bradley) in June 2013; his dear son David B. Coverdale, M.D. in July 2016; his cherished 100 year old mother Ruth Evelyn Coverdale in August 2019, and his father William K. Coverdale.

The family will receive friends at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020 where services will be held at 7:00pm. Rod's graveside service and interment with U.S. Army honors will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:00pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105


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