John Willard Rodecap Sr. 1931 - 2010 Perry
Perry — Funeral services for John Willard Rodecap Sr., 79, Perry, will be at 2 p.m. March 7 at the American Legion in Perry. Burial will be at the Meriden Cemetery after the service, with full firefighter honors.
Mr. Rodecap died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, of cancer at his home.
He was born Feb. 15, 1931, in Meriden, the son of Willard and Celia Leonard Rodecap. He graduated from Meriden High School in 1949.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1949 as a radio operator and was stationed in Alaska and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
Mr. Rodecap worked for Kansas Power & Light for 34 years as a foreman on the tree crew, was a member of I.B.E.W. Local No. 304, and also owned Rodecap Tree Service for many years. In 1961, while working for KP&L, he received the National Safety Council President’s Medal when he saved a co-worker’s life with CPR when the co-worker received a severe electric shock. He was the first person in the Topeka area receive the award.
He was instrumental in forming the Rural Township Fire Department (now Jefferson County Fire District No. 3) in 1984 and served as fire chief until retiring in 2004. He remained at the fire department until his full retirement in 2009.
He was also Township Trustee for Rural Township from 1985 to 2009. Mr. Rodecap helped place the Buck Creek Schoolhouse on the list of National Historic Places during his time as trustee.
After his retirement from KP&L, Mr. Rodecap enjoyed working in the yard and raising miniature horses, one of which was awarded several national championships in one year. He was a founding member of the Kansas Miniature Horse Club. He also enjoyed working for Rural Water District No. 13, reading the water meters for the past several years. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling and attending bluegrass festivals.
He married Charlotte Barton on May 18, 1956. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include his sons, John Jr. and wife Cindy, Lecompton, Larry, Thompsonville, and Jeremy, a grandson whom Mr. Rodecap adopted, and wife Angie, Perry; three daughters, Rita Guy, rural Perry, Terri Gawith and husband Jim, rural Lawrence, and Lisa Bond and husband Scott, rural Perry; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, James, rural Pomona; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joseph, Robert and Dale.
The family will meet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa.
The family suggests memorials to the John Rodecap Sr. Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home, 820 Liberty St., Oskaloosa, KS 66066.
Online condolences may be sent at barnettchapeloaks.com.