A 1971 Fairfield High School graduate, Rodney was active in basketball, football and golf. He worked in the local R.V. Industry and after retirement continued work at Risen Roll Bakery making deliveries.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 2-5 p.m., at 14282 C.R. 44, Millersburg. Sharing of stories will begin at 3. Light refreshments and beverages will be served and the family recommends you bring lawn chairs.
MIDDLEFIELD With extreme heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Rodney L. Yoder, 54, of Middlefield, on Jan. 9, 2021, at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center from complications due to COVID-19.
This is the story of Rod Yoder. Rod was a wonderful man who was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. Rodney, as his wife, mom, siblings and old friends called him. Rod, as his Kinetico family called him, and dad, as his kids called him, was an amazing husband, father and son.
Rod never met a stranger; he always made you feel special and would help anyone at any time. He touched so many peoples lives in such a positive way. His family was the most important thing to him, and it showed. His love of friends and his Kinetico family were evident.
Rods story started on March 25, 1966, the oldest child to Joni (Joe) and Kathryn Yoder. He was born in Cleveland and grew up in Middlefield, where he made many lifelong friends. He was proud to be a Cardinal Huskie, where he would meet the love of his life (but didnt know it yet). He graduated in 1984 and went on to attend Eastern Mennonite University.
Rod moved back to Middlefield in 1992. And reconnected with his childhood friend, Marla Salona. After several years of dating, he married his best friend. Rod and Marla were married on Sept. 13, 1997, in Zoar, Ohio. In December of 1996 Rod joined Kinetico Water Systems in Newbury, Ohio. Little did he know, that Kinetico would become his extended family and a very important part of his life.
Rod and Marla spent a lot of time together through the years. Rod made beautiful wood furniture that they would take to craft shows throughout the states. He enjoyed making all the wood products that Marla painted. They made great friends and enjoyed traveling together through the years to the various shows.
On Jan. 28, 2008, their son, Grayson, was born. Little Buddy. Now he was doubly blessed. Life seemed to fly by. Rod realized his family was the most important thing to him. He still traveled for work, but continued to keep his family above all else.
His yearly family vacations were one of the highlights in his life. Rod always enjoyed taking his family to a new fun adventure. He enjoyed BBQing for all the family get-togethers. And relaxing with friends and neighbors in the backyard around a fire. He was very proud of his home and yard and loved sharing it.
Rod leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Marla; and children, Zoey and Grayson; his mother, Kathryn Yoder; brother, Brian (Chrystal) Yoder; sister, Jennifer Yoder; nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.
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Rod Yoder has been with Kinetico Water Systems for 24 years. Currently serving as Director of North American Dealer Sales, he has decades worth of experience in the water treatment industry that spills over into all the trades.
Im not the smartest guy in the world but Im very inquisitive, he says. I asked a lot of questions and listened. Id meet with dealers and go on ride-alongs with them. I wanted to learn how they did thingsso it was a lot of hands-on and a lot of questions.
Theres no need to scare customers, he says. One thing we can do is point people to third-party websites that gather information of water reports. We rely on things like that to educate customers rather than scare tactics.
Yoder notes that an overwhelming majority of his dealers (85 percent) work primarily in water treatment. Its a specialtyjust like other tradesbut he says it is possible to expand into other fields.
Most of our dealers will refer to plumbers in their areas, Yoder says. But theres no need to be intimidated by water. About 15 percent of our deals do plumbing themselves. And we do have a dealer who started in water treatment and expanded into HVAC and plumbing.
Theyll say, Hey, youve had this for 15 years, would you be interested in seeing something else? he says. A lot of times, they can convert them. Even if what they have is working, people want something new, and a brand new warranty.
The water treatment trade calls for visual presentations on the iPad. Hand in hand with that, Yoder says Kinetico also has a follow-up tool that he believes can be bolstered by partnering with ServiceTitan.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system that allows products/machines/devices in your home to be connected and gives you automated control of them. Its a growing trendand it presented a challenge for a non-electric company such as Kinetico.
We came out with a leak-detection product and we launched an app that gives you basic information about your system, Yoder says. Customersand dealerscan get notifications. Dealers will be able to reach out and say, Hey, Mr. Smith, I notice your salts down. Would you like us to deliver some? That gives us a big advantage weve never had before.
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