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Roderic "Rod" R. Farkas

August 5, 1947 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Roderic "Rod" Farkas Obituary

SALEM - Roderic "Rod" R. Farkas, 76, of Salem passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 6, 2024 ,at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland. He was surrounded by his immediate family, including his loving wife of 52 years Louise, and their three children, Eric Farkas of Salem, Laura (Brian) Roth of St. Michael, MN, and Brian Farkas of Tallahassee, FL.

Born on August 5, 1947, in Cleveland, Rod was a cherished husband, father, brother and friend whose gentle, unwavering spirit left an indelible mark on all who knew him.

Rod was loved by many people, including those who treated him since December at hospitals in Salem, Alliance and Cleveland. Though his physical body had suffered numerous recent limitations, his spirit is now unhindered, and he experiences no pain nor limitations.

A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alliance, Rod’s faith was a cornerstone of his life, providing him with guidance, strength, and a community of support that he deeply cherished. He served in many capacities since he and wife Louise joined the Church in 1979, including Youngstown Stake High Counselor, temple worker, counselor in the ward bishopric, ward missionary, assistant treasurer, Pathways instructor (alongside Louise), early morning seminary instructor, and prelude organist.

A 1965 graduate of Strongsville High School, he later received both his Bachelor and Master of Arts in Telecommunications from Kent State University. Between his undergraduate and graduate programs, Rod served his country with distinction in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) radio operator, and he executed operations intelligence and general recon for the 9th and 25th Infantry divisions. His dedication to service extended to his time with the Ohio National Guard from 1976-1981, where he was a crew chief on UH-1H helicopters and a member of the recon platoon in the 107th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Rod’s commitment to fellow veterans was evident through his involvement with Chapter 122 of the Disabled American Veterans in Salem, where he served as past commander and current adjutant. He could be seen at the fundraising table outside of the Salem Giant Eagle store accepting donations, rain or shine (or very bitter cold!).

Rod’s competitive spirit shone brightly as he participated in a local shooting competition in September 2011, where he took 35th out of 52 participants, showcasing his skills with a variety of firearms. His love for precision and excellence was a trait that he carried into all aspects of his life, including his joys of kayaking, sailing, and working on his Jeep.

Rod’s passion for education and communication inspired many, as he shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with students at Kent State Salem Campus from 1972-1982. His commitment to academia continued as a tenured computer sciences professor at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, shaping the minds and futures of countless students from 1982 until retiring in 2014. In retirement, he enjoyed waking at 4:30 a.m. to read the scriptures, then exercising at the Salem Community Center before starting his day, which usually included serving veterans.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rita (O'Malley) Farkas; his brother, Larry and his sister, Sheila McCann. He is survived by his loving wife and children and five adoring granddaughters, Chloe Farkas and Haley, Jessica, Emily and Rebecca Roth, as well as his siblings, Priscilla Schnittke, Gary Farkas and Loretta Jones.

A funeral service to honor and celebrate Rod’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2260 Hedgewood Ave., Alliance. Friends and family are invited to gather for a visitation from 10:00-10:50 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Following the service, Rod will be laid to rest at Maple Grove Cemetery, 6698 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, Ohio.

Arrangements are being handled by Stark Memorial. To honor Rod’s memory, view his obituary, and send condolences, please visit www.starkmemorial.com. Rod’s life was a testament to the power of living with purpose and passion, and his memory will continue to inspire and comfort those he left behind.

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Calling Hours
Saturday
March 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2260 Hedgewood Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601

Funeral Service
Saturday
March 16, 2024

11:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2260 Hedgewood Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601

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