Dr. Louis D.
a much beloved and long-time resident of Hartville passed away at the age of 99 at twelve-fifteen in the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at eleven o'clock a.m. at the Greentown United Methodist Church in Greentown, Ohio with the Rev. Dave Andrews officiating. There will be a viewing on Wednesday from five to eight in the evening also at the Greentown United Methodist Church and on Thursday one hour prior to services. Dr. Rodabaugh was a Professor of Mathematics and he retired from The University of Akron in 1983. He also served as Church Organist for the Greentown United Methodist Church where he retired from after many decades of service. An accomplished gentleman, he held a US Patent for a wheeled toy he invented with the US Patent Number of 2601006. He was also distinguished in music and held many copyrights for his compositions, including "Reminiscence" listed in the catalog of copyright entries under the category musical compositions. Active throughout all of his life he further distinguished himself in poetry by winning an international poetry contest sponsored by the Alabama State Council of the Arts at the age of 94. He made national news with the discovery of the remains of a female Cervalces scotti, or Pleistocence elk-moose, an extinct prehistoric animal, in his backyard when he decided to enlarge his pond in the summer of 1987. He is preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Karen Rodabaugh. And his survivors include his daughter, Kay Rodabaugh Reyes of Hartville, his sons, Robin Rodabaugh of Hartville, Richard Rodabaugh of Marlboro, and Karl Rodabaugh of North Carolina. As well as his grandchildren: Mary Buchtel (Jason) of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Danny Rodabaugh (Kimberly) of Holland, Derek Rodabaugh of Michigan, Kristin Rodabaugh of Marlboro, Luisa Kay Reyes of Hartville, and Robin E. Reyes (Ruth) of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published in The Repository on Dec. 5, 2012