Reverend Rodney Jay Warstler was born January 4, 1935 to Clifford Reese Warstler and vera Kennedy Warstler, who predeceased him. He ended this life to begin his life of eternity on March 7, 2022.
He issurvived by his wife of sixty five years, Mary Lu Pennock Warstler; four children, Elizabeth (Liz) Flaker and husband, Donald Flaker Jr., Timothy (Tim) Warstler, Martha (Marty) Coleman and husband, Keith Coleman and James (Jim) Warstler and wife, Sandra Mallard Warstler. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Donald Flaker III, Andrew Flaker (Joanne), Nathan Flaker (Megan) and Allison Flaker Shipman (Matt), Samantha Warstler Swan (Michael), Joe Amend, Ric Mallard (Jenn), Melinda Mallard Amezcua (John); ten great grandchildren survive, Luke Flaker, Zach Flaker, Nora Flaker, Lydia Flaker, Tessa Flaker, Jack Swan, Elliette Swan, Isabela Mallard, Liliana Amezcua and Alexandria Mallard; one brother, David Warstler; also survives him along with nieces and nephews.
Rodney grew up in Justus where he attended elementary, junior high school and graduated from Fairless High School in 1953. He worked for a time in the Brewster Cheese Company and loved telling stories about those days. He also worked at Republic Steel in Massillon and a short time on the Railroad before answering the call to ministry. He became a graduate of the University of Ashland in 1959 and attended Ashland Seminary for one year before moving on to Naperville, Illinois tp Seminary. With the merger of the United Brethern Church and the Methodist Church Naperville Seminary became part of Garrett Evangelical Seminary. He was graduated from point charge in Illinois. He then moved to magnolia, on to Akron Boulevard, East Conneaut, Green Valley, St. Paul's and Manchester. He retired in 1994.
During his service he weas a member (and officer) of the Kenmore Borad of trade, Kenmore Kiwanis, Barberton Board of Salvation Army.
His first ten years of retirement, he worked on a home in Guernsey County that he called "The Farm". Then he and Mary Lu moved to Copeland Oaks where he became involved as Assistant Manager for the Thrift Shop. He also enjoyed ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Sebring and helping in the Outreach Committee to spread God's word in modern ways.
Rodney will be missed as husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Schlup Pucak Funeral Home, 788 Kenmore Blvd, Akron with Rev. Beth McGuire officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to The Oaks Foundation at Copeland Oaks or to a charity of your choice.
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Oaks Foundation at Copeland Oaks
715 S Johnson Rd, Sebring OH 44672