Rodney Herman Moritz, 82, of Cabool, passed away Jan. 22, 2018, at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Mo. He was born Oct. 26, 1935, in St. Joseph, Mo., to Herman and Louisa (Dennis) Moritz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruby (Moritz) Wilson; and a daughter, Barbara Carboni.

Rodney grew up around Dora, Mo., and graduated from Dora High School. He married Janet Fuqua on June 26, 1965, and to this union two children were born.

He served in the United States Army during Vietnam He entered in West Plains, Mo., on Sept. 14, 1953, and was honorably discharged Aug. 24, 1960.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Janet Moritz of the home in Cabool, Mo.; three sons, Joseph Moritz and wife, Leah, of Yukon, Mo., Thomas McKinney of Mountain Grove, Mo., and Michael McKinney of California; three daughters, Anna Moritz and James Newton of Grants Pass, Ore., Catherine McKinney of Esparto, Calif., and Elizabeth Contreras of Woodland, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great grandchildren.

He loved traveling on his motorcycle, going abalone hunting, spending time with his grandchildren, listening and going to bluegrass festivals with Jim Orchard and cooking. He was an avid sportsman.

Rodney loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Mr. Moritz was cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.


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