Rodney Eugene Bemis, husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and
grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 69.
The son of the late Byron Bemis and Ruby (Bowers) Frederick, Rodney was
born in Tacoma, WA on July 21, 1944 and as a child lived in Wichita, Saxman,
and Hutchinson, KS
He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1962 where he competed in football,
basketball, and track, particularly excelling at javelin.
Rodney entered the U.S. Navy at 17, serving in Hawaii. Using skills he
learned in the Navy, he returned to civilian life as an electronic technician
for fifteen years, working for RCA, King Radio, and Telex. A graduate
of Spartan School of Aeronautics, Rodney was licensed to pilot single-engine
planes. He later became a journeyman carpenter, working numerous developments
in downtown Tulsa. Rodney also spent several years taking courses at Tulsa
Junior College and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. A committed
family man, Rodney married Jane Vale on July 18, 1970 in Tulsa and raised
their children together in Tulsa and Mannford.
Rodney took great pride in maintaining a beautiful property through careful
tending of his turf, orchard, berries, and vegetable garden. An avid outdoorsman,
he enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing. He had a special hand with
the various animals he raised, particularly his cattle. An independent
thinker, his belief in living frugally and practicing good nutrition were
important to him, qualities he most surely passed on to his family. Rodney
approached all tasks to the best of his ability; the homes and other structures
he built himself were a testament to his belief in quality workmanship.
As a lifelong learner, Rodney was curious about many subjects, with a particular
interest in politics and finance. Watching OSU football and basketball
games were a much-loved pastime .
Survivors include wife, Jane Bemis, of Mannford; two daughters, Bonnie
Loy (husband, Michael) of Tulsa and Emily Bemis (partner, Tathaya Pierce)
of Mannford, and one son, Byron Bemis (wife, Crystal) of Owasso, OK; brother,
Steve Bemis, of Hutchinson and sister, Janeen Jordan, of Henderson, NV;
sister-in-law, Penni Aurilio (husband, Tom) of Owasso; brother-in-law,
David Vale (wife, Magdelyn) of Greensburg, PA; nieces Angie Bethel, Sara
Faith, Amy Rains, Antonia Aurilio, and D'Anna Kromer; nephews Kevin
Jordan and Jeff Jordan; and grandchildren Nicholas, Margaret, Christopher,
and Stephen Loy, Emmet Bemis, and Alyse, Isaiah, and Jonathan Bemis.
Rodney will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, at 10am, at First
Baptist Church, Mannford.