Rodney Rockwell Wylde, 95, died early Saturday morning, August 13, 2011, at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee.
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; ten 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.
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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Rodney Rockwell Wylde.