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Clifford John Rode

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On February 15, 2016 @ 9:53 am In Obituaries | 12 Comments

Clifford John Rode (75) of Lancaster, PA, and formerly of upstate New York, died peacefully of a brain hemorrhage on February 14, 2016.  He was born January 11, 1941, the son of the late Felix and Frances Rode.  He was a 1958 graduate of Cooperstown Central High School, Cooperstown, NY and a 1962 graduate of Cornell University with a BS degree in Poultry Husbandry and Agricultural Economics and a 1982 graduate of Stonier School of Banking, Rutgers University. 

He retired in 1999, after 38 years, from Key Bank, N.A., where he worked in Agricultural Lending, Branch Supervision, and Commercial Lending as a Senior Vice President.  In retirement he served as a Financial Consultant with New York Farm Net at Cornell University.

He is survived by his wife Lois of 53 years, and two daughters: Denise (Rev. Mark) Russell of Lancaster and Karen (George) Bardis of Sterling, MA; five grandchildren: Jonathan, Anna, and Peter Russell, and Emma and Megan Bardis; two sisters: Thelma Kingsley and Eleanor (Ronald) Vibbard; and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster at 11 am on Wednesday, February, 17, following a time of visitation (10-11 am).  In keeping with his life of service, he donated his body to Humanity Gift Registry for medical research.

Cliff’s request was for no flowers; instead contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA  17601.


Condolences for the family of “Clifford John Rode”

Condolence from Kent and Kathy Russell on February 15th, 2016 2:06 pm

Lois and Family,

We wish time spent with those we love could last forever and in our hearts it will. With sympathy in your loss.

Condolence from Steve and Beth Mallory on February 15th, 2016 2:52 pm

My dear Lois. So sorry for the loss of Cliff. You know we love you both dearly. Miss you and love you so much.

Steve and Beth Mallory

Condolence from Rena Brower on February 15th, 2016 4:02 pm

Dear Lois,
We are so sorry for your loss of your wonderful Cliff. You two have been a perfect example of the love, friendship, and support of a true marriage. Our condolences to all your family.

Rena and David Brower

Condolence from David Sessler on February 16th, 2016 10:14 am

Very sad to hear, Cliff was a great fiend, husband and family man. You will be missed by all, prayers for Lois.

Condolence from Tom Crocker on February 16th, 2016 10:14 am

To Cliff’s family: Many years ago I worked with Cliff at First Trust/Key Bank. While I haven’t seen Cliff in many years, I remember him as a smart, kind, integrity-laden and resourceful banker who taught a city guy like me much about agricultural lending. I was sorry to read of Cliff’s passing. My condolences to you.

Tom Crocker

Condolence from Diane Lazier on February 16th, 2016 11:48 am

Dear Lois and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Cliff. You were both such an important part of our lives through St. John’s and then when RJ had his surgery in Albany Medical. We will never forget your kindness and the wonderful example of marriage and faith that Cliff always showed. He will be sorely missed but we know he is happy in the arms of our Lord. Love to all of your family.

Diane and RJ Lazier

Condolence from Pat Baker on February 17th, 2016 9:23 am

Rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed.

Condolence from Maury and Alicia Shea on February 17th, 2016 10:01 am

Lois, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this stressful time. We have many good memories of you both. God Bless You.

Condolence from Bob Stinson on February 17th, 2016 7:27 pm

Dear Lois and family. My sincere condolences on your loss of Cliff. Cliff was my first supervisor when I joined First Trust and Deposit Co. in 1969. I always admired Cliff as a gentleman and respected him as a mentor. His pleasant and positive demeanor always encouraged others. I too will miss Cliff greatly.

Condolence from Bob and Carol Voorhees on February 17th, 2016 8:16 pm

Lois. thinking of you and the college years. I miss him and our fun times together. May he rest in peace. Bob and Carol

Condolence from Mike Cartini on February 19th, 2016 5:19 am

To Cliff’s family:

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Cliff at the beginning of my career in banking. He was always a gentleman and had a great personality. My condolences to all.

Condolence from Steve Pierce on March 23rd, 2016 4:06 pm

Lois and family, I worked with Cliff at KeyBank in the 90’s. He was a good friend, role model, and mentor to me and I have missed him since. I was sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless Cliff and the family.

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