Rodney "Rod" Morford, age 64, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Max Kelley officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Rodney "Rod" Morford was born February 25, 1952, in Miller, South Dakota, to Carroll and Pat (Coffman) Morford. Rod grew up on the farm north of Highmore, South Dakota and graduated from Highmore High School in 1970. He worked various jobs all across South Dakota until settling in Yankton, where he opened Unclaimed Freight Furniture in 1997. He finished his career working for Olsen Pest Technicians retiring in 2013.
Rod was a very hardworking man who could do just about anything he set his mind to. He loved woodworking, watching NASCAR, and he especially loved his children and grandchild.
Survivors include his two children: Melissa Morford and Zachary Morford both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; grandson, Dominic Milk; father, Carroll Morford of Highmore, South Dakota; mother, Pat Miller of Ninilchik, Alaska; sister, Leann Ediger of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; three step-siblings: Randy (Gwen) Johnson; Mary Johnson, and Randy (Hannah) Miller; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie on December 2, 1999; step-mother, Margaret Morford; step-father, Calvin Miller; and his grandparents.
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With heart felt sadness I remember my dear old classmate ,He was a good friend that had a hard life.
I remember lots of fun classes together.
Although Rod and I lost touch as we grew up, I remember him as the handsomest first cousin ever...and funny---dry wit. His Texas cousins looked forward all year long to his family's holiday visits. Condolences and prayers for comfort for all his family, especially his mother, my Aunt Pat, with whom we are still close.
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ROD HE WAS A GREAT PERSON I GOT TO KNOW AT OLSON'S PEST AND WE BECAME FRIENDS HE WILL BE MISSED DEARLY
Carroll, Pat and Leeann - my deepest sympathy to a wonderful family that made me one of their own so many years ago. I know how terribly hard this is for you. To Rod' s children, we have never met as I am part of your Dad's past, we met in college. I am so very sorry that you are having to deal with yet another loss in your young lives. You will all continue in my thoughts and prayers for comfort from your grief in the days ahead.
Ray and Charlie (Charlotte Friez
I am sorry to hear of Rod's passing. We enjoyed Rod as part of our team at Olson's Pest Technicians. He did a great job wowing his customers and they enjoyed his company and the results and peace of mind he gave them. I pray Rod is at peace. Our sympathies to his family.
Dear Carroll, Pat, and Leeann - It is sad that Rod has passed away so soon, and know that you have my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I have fond memories of the times that I spent at your farm, and it was good to get to know all of you. You have all been in my prayers for many years now, and that will continue. To you children; I never had the pleasure to meet you, but I was a good friend of your dad in high school. Please know that I will add you to my prayer list and will ask that you receive faith, courage, and strength to meet whatever lies ahead in your lives. I will also pray that God will give you peace of mind and understanding to help you through your sorrow and grief.
Gary L. Myers
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