1915 - 2011
Rodney Rockwell Wylde, 95, Kingsport, Tennessee, died early Saturday morning, August 13, 2011, at his home. He was born on October 10, 1915, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Elmer J. and Clara Wylde. Rodney and Margaret Blevins were married August 31, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri. They were married for 68 years when she preceded him in death on August 2, 2010. Rodney graduated in 1941, from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering. He was employed during World War II as an engineer at Curtiss-Wright/McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis Missouri. Following World War II, he operated a dairy farm in Audrain County and taught vocational agriculture for returning GIs at Middletown High School. Rodney returned to McDonnell as an engineer for seven years before moving to Callaway County, where he operated a beef cattle farm for 30 years. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Wylde. Rodney is survived by two sons, Richard Wylde and wife, Cecelia of New Bloomfield, Missouri and Edward Wylde and wife, Donna of Lexington, North Carolina; two daughters, Elizabeth Wylde Boyle and husband, Greg of Willow Springs, Missouri and Mary Wylde Fabick and husband, Doug of Kingsport, Tennessee; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. His wishes were to be cremated. There will no services at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Preston Hills Presbyterian Church, 4701 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN 37664. Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an on-line condolence for the family. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport is serving the family of Rodney Rockwell Wylde.
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