Roderick (Pinky) Countryman
Jan 12, 1926 - Aug 13 2014
Roderick N. Countryman, Sr. (88), known best as 'Pinky', passed away peacefully at his home on August 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marie Countryman; his children Vicki Ulrich of Elk Grove, Pastor Rick Countryman (Erin) of Modesto, Randy Traner (Kathleen) of Williston North Dakota, and Rhonda Irizarry (Noel) of Modesto; his grandchildren: Brett Wall (Angela), Megan, Grace and Cade Countryman, Breanne and Brandee Traner, Samantha, Adam and Joseph Irizarry, and two great-grandchildren Jordyn and Nico Wall.
Pinky was a man with many talents and accomplishments. During WWII, he served in the Merchant Marines. He loved playing golf and was an accomplished golfer. You could always find him on the golf course 3 times a week playing a no-nonsense game of golf with a tried and true foursome. He loved to bowl, once bowled a perfect game, and enjoyed playing in a league with his daughter Vicki. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching everything from his son Rick play high school baseball and football to rooting for his Los Angeles Rams and Dodgers. More recently, however, he would watch the Giants play with great enthusiasm alongside his grandchildren.
Besides being a gifted athlete, Pinky was a skilled craftsman owning and operating Countryman's Village Jewelers with his wife Marie for over 35 years. Pinky was an expert at his craft and he enjoyed the challenge that came with jewelry repair. Since the store opened in 1979, Countryman's has been a staple in the Modesto community. Pinky will best be remembered as a wonderful husband, a great father, and as a generous person who was always willing to freely give to his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Pinky will be interred at Santa Nella National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA. Services will be held on Tuesday August 19th at 12:00 noon at Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto, CA.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 16, 2014