HOWARD — Rodney V. Hayden, 90, of Pigeon Roost Road, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was born April 27, 1922, to Rodney Gilbert and Florence Caroline (Fry) Hayden in Bloomingdale, Mich. Rodney graduated from Orrville (Ohio) High School in 1940 and The Ohio State University in 1949. On June 17, 1944, Rodney married Marie Haxton in Rittman Ohio He served in the U.S. Army in the 34th Infantry Division and was stationed in Italy during World War II. Rodney was awarded the Bronze Star for valor in action. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Hayden was a former member and elder of the Danville Church of Christ, and at present a member of the Mount Vernon Central Church of Christ. Mr. Hayden operated a dairy farm in Knox County in the 1950s and 1960s. He served on the Amity Local School Board and the Knox County Board of Education.
Following his Army service and OSU graduation he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service in several Ohio counties as a Soil Scientist and a Soil Conservationist. His last assignment was as a District Conservationist in Licking County. Following his retirement from the Soil Conservation Service, he operated Haydens’ Haven Tree Farm with family members.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; son, James V. (Janet L.) Hayden of Powell; two granddaughters, Jennie L. (Todd) Woodard of Zanesville and Jammi L. Hayden of Columbus; two sisters, Thelma Ziegler of Montana and Bernice Croston of Delaware.
He was preceded in death by his son, John E. Hayden; his parents; three sisters, Edith Oldham, Alice Patton and Mary Dee Glossner; and a brother, Fred Hayden.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg. Visitation is Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Visit http://www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Vernon Central Church of Christ, 1005 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or the American Cancer Society, 555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.