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George E. Rodak

June 8, 1939 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 81)

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George E. Rodak of Louisville, Ohio passed away peacefully January 5th, 2021 at the *Compassionate Care Center in Canton,Ohio. Age 81, born 6-8-39, in Aliquippa, Pa to parents Michael and Anna (Pavolko) Rodak. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly (Apperson) Rodak. George started as a carpenter’s apprentice at The Timken Company and he worked his way up to foreman and supervisor of the Carpentry Dept. He retired after 30 years of working for Timken. George was everyone else’s carpenter too, and especially at Louisville Baptist Temple where he gave sacrificially of his gifts in design and woodworking for over 50 years. George was guided by the greatest Master Carpenter of all time, his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Beverly, served at their church in almost every role they were ever asked to and they have many lifelong friends there. It was that servant’s heart that inspired George to care so compassionately day and night for his high school sweetheart who suffers with Alzheimer’s. George and Bev often could be spotted walking the parks of Louisville or Stark Parks or just downtown Louisville where they had their first kiss in what is now called Umbrella Alley. They raised their 6 children in Louisville, as well as invited over 35 foster children into their home over the years. George will be remembered for living out his vows to his wife to “love and cherish and care for her in sickness and health, till death do them part”. During George’s last few weeks of life his children were all able to spend time with him and share memories. George was honored by his children as they highlighted the ways he exemplified the fruits of the spirit taught in Galatians 5:22-23. ...the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Dad embraced and lived these virtues out even to his last moments on this earth. George is preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Anna Rodak, his son Rick Rodak, and grandson Morgan Gray. George is survived by Brothers- Ed Rodak, and Gerald (Diane) Rodak, Son, Ron (Becky) Rodak, Daughters, Renee (Peter) Gray, Rhonda (Paul) Conrad, Rina (Joe) Ridgway, Heather Rodak, and Robin (James) Gehlmann. George was a proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Known to many of his family by his self-proclaimed title of “Grumpy Grandpa” he leaves behind a legacy of just the opposite of a grump! His legacy would be one of Faith, Hope and Love, and the greatest of these from Grumpy was Love! (1 Corinthians 13: 13) There will be no public services for George due to current health risks. To honor George your memories, notes and condolences can be left on the Stier/Israel Funeral Home Tribute Wall at their website, www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations instead go to the Alzheimer’s Association at the Rodak Family Page, http://act.alz.org/goto/GeorgeRodakMemorialPledge-Beverly Donations could also go to Louisville Baptist Temple Missions, mail to: Louisville Baptist Temple, 6565 Columbus Rd NE, Louisville, OH 44641. *Lastly, our family wants to truly thank all of the staff at The Compassionate Care Center for their loving care and comfort they provided our Father during his last days on this Earth.               Stier-Israel Funeral Home  330-875-1414


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