DELPHOS, Ohio — Melvin Rode, PhD, PE, 75, of Delphos, died on Nov. 7, 2017, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born on Nov. 20, 1941, to Henry T. and Rosa M. (Kroeger) Rode at home in Jennings Township, Putnam County. They preceded him in death.

On Oct. 29, 1971, he married Marilyn A. Cowdrey (nee Morris) in Miamisburg. She also preceded him in death.

Survivors include:

Sons — Richard Morris Cowdrey of White Lake, Michigan, Thomas Melvin (Allison) Rode of Delphos, and John Henry (Lindsay) Rode of Swartz Creek, Michigan;

Brothers — Ralph (Maureen) Rode of Elida and Arnold (Mary Ann) Rode of Ottoville;

Sister — Alice (Thomas) Kaverman of St. John

Brother-in-law — William Hemker of Delphos.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lenore Hemker of Delphos.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 - 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. A parish wake will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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