McKusick, Rodney "Rod"
90, of Mesa, AZ passed away on December 4, 2012. Rod was born in Dexter, Maine July 7, 1922. He served in the US Army during WWII. He worked and raised his family in Southeastern Michigan prior to moving to Arizona in 1976 He retired in 1987 and began volunteering at and then was later hired by Central Christian Church in Mesa, in their landscaping department where he worked until he was 87. He is well known for his beautiful rose gardens and other flower gardens around the church campus. Rod is survived by his second wife, Jeanne, his son Mike (Christine) of Hartland, MI, his daughter Bonnie Davidson (Ed) of Mesa, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 59 years, Bobbie, and his daughter Melissa Woodward of Chino Valley. Rod was also dearly loved by Jeanne's children, Mike, Mark, and Tim Bodin and Laurie Bodin-Henderson and their spouses, Jeannie, Liz, Marie and John, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A celebration service will be held at 10am, Saturday December 15, 2012 at Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, AZ. A reception will be held at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Central Christian Church or the Salvation Army.
Published by The Arizona Republic on Dec. 7, 2012.