Roderick D. Friend

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Roderick D. Friend, 95, Nevada, Mo., passed away on May 15, 2007, at Medicalodge of Nevada. He was born Oct. 13, 1911, in Kansas City, Mo., to Albert Sidney Friend and Grace Isobel Sutherland Friend. He married Marjorie Evelyn Myers on Nov. 17, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., and she preceded him in death.

Roderick grew up in Kansas City. He was a member of Unity School of Practical Christianity in Kansas City, and was employed there for 38 years. Roderick came to Nevada in 1965 following the purchase of the Western Auto Store which he operated for four years. He later retired as administrator of Medicalodge after 12 years of employment. He was a member of the Nevada Rotary Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan McKenzie and her husband, Dennis, Nevada; four grandchildren, Kenneth McKenzie, Lansing, Kan., Shalene McGowan, Hector, Ark., Rheagan McKenzie, Montevallo, and Erinn McKenzie, Nevada; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jean Walters, Overland Park, Kan. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie of 56 years in 1990; and one sister, Isobel Rathbun.

Committal services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, May 18, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Friends may call now and until 1:30 p.m., on Friday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Those who wish may contribute to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

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