Rodney Philip Eagon, 94, of Newcomerstown, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Union Hospital, Dover.
Rodney was born in Newcomerstown on Aug. 28, 1917, a son of the late Clement F. "Jack" Eagon, who died in 1957, and the late Nora Schide Eagon, who died in 1919.
He was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, class of 1936. Rodney was employed at the former Larson Clay Pipe Company, Gnadenhutten, for many years before his retirement in 1979. Prior to that, he was employed at the former Newcomerstown Athletic club, the Thomas Montgomery Post 431, Newcomerstown American Legion, and the LOOM 1337, Newcomerstown Moose, as a bartender. He also worked at the former Clow Water Systems, Newcomerstown, and was employed in Barberton during World War II.
Rodney was a member of the First Baptist Church (New Hope Ministries), Port Washington, and was a former member of the Newcomerstown Moose Lodge. One of his favorite sports was bowling and he participated in several leagues for many decades at Cy Young Lanes, Newcomerstown. He also enjoyed playing bingo at many locations in the area. Rodney enjoyed watching sports on television, especially his beloved Cleveland Indians, and doing word search puzzles. He could also be found collecting and recycling aluminum cans throughout the Newcomerstown community after his retirement.
Rodney was the last member of his generation of the Eagon family, as he was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Eagon of El Paso, Texas, and Roger C. Eagon of Hartville; sister, L. Marcella (Mrs. W. Robert) Parks of Newcomerstown; and stepbrother Max Tyhurst of Newcomerstown. Also deceased is a step daughter-in-law, Dottie Lou Garrison of Fayette.
Rodney is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bertha May Peebles Eagon of Newcomerstown, whom he married June 21, 1953. Also surviving are his daughter, Mary A. (David) Moss of Newcomerstown; stepson, Marion J. Garrison of Fayette, Fulton County; four grandchildren, Mr. Ronnie Garrison of Morenci, Mich., Veronica "Roni" Armstrong of Newcomerstown, Suzy (Heath) Fowler of Coshocton, and Gina (Bill) Gibbs of Newcomerstown; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services to celebrate Rodney's life were Monday, July 2, 2012, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Pastor Michael Crank of New Hope Ministries conducted the services.
Burial followed in Everal's Church Cemetery, Oxford Township, Coshocton County.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Rodney's name to an individual's favorite charity.