Leonard Roderick

Leonard Roderick

Thursday, November 18th, 1937 Monday, April 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Leonard OBrien "Buck" Roderick

Leonard “Buck” O. Roderick, 82
Nov 1937 - April 27th, 2020
Highlands Ranch, CO

Leonard “Buck” Roderick left this world peacefully today, April 27th 2020, at Littleton Adventist Hospital after a long struggle with COVID-19. He was born in Decatur, IL, to Leonard Roderick Jr. and Dorothy “Dot” (Bonds) Roderick. He is survived by his wife of 60+ years, Diana (Smith) Roderick, their dog Lily, his three children Greg Roderick, Mark Roderick, and Tammy (Roderick) Shirtz, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren – all living in Colorado. He is also survived by two sisters, Sandy Grant and Carolyn Shelton, both living in Colorado.

Buck joined the Navy in 1954 (at the age of 17) as a gunner’s mate and served four years with tours on the USS Antietam, the USS Coral Sea, and the USS Midway. After leaving the military, Buck married Diana in 1959 and spent over 50 years as an electrician, serving as an honorable member of the IBEW Operating Engineers Union, Locals 9 and 68. Buck was a fierce champion for unions and never missed a chance to persuade those around him to “buy American.” After retirement Buck found contentment in a part-time job helping people at the Highlands Ranch Home Depot in the Electrical Department. He was an avid Broncos fan, an excellent craps player, and self-described aficionado of hot peppers, cold beer, and John Wayne. On any given day you could count on him wearing a pair of Levi’s, a button-down short-sleeve shirt, and sneakers – regardless of the occasion. Most important of all, Buck loved Colorado and he loved his family.

Buck and Diana were regular members of Valley View Christian Church of Littleton, CO. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to their church or any other charity of your choice in Buck’s name. Buck’s life will be celebrated at a date and place yet to be determined.

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Ivy Roderick

I have waited until now to send condolences because I thought it would come easier as time passed. It has not. I am still too sad for words. But I know Buck is with God. Probably exasperating Him with his shenanigans. That makes me smile. I hope it makes his family smile too and brings them peace. Rest in Peace Buck. I miss and think about you every day!
Comment | Posted at 03:56pm via Condolence

Jodi McFarland

We will miss Bucks laugh and will always remember how he would always tease us girls when we hung out at the house. For his tolerance of a blazer bottom full of tumbleweeds due to some non advertised off roading by teenage girls and other shenanigans we will miss him but cherish those memories.
Comment | Posted at 10:07pm via Condolence

Stacy Marrufo

Roderick family, we send all of our love from Florida and most sincere condolences on the loss of my dear, sweet, funny Uncle Buck. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. I spent many evenings with my cousins at my Aunt DI and Uncle Buck’s house. I have so many fond memories that include my funny beloved Uncle Buck. There was the cabins up in Cripple Creek, the road trip to Yellowstone, Sunday dinners at Grandpa Bob’s house and much more. He had a quick wit and lived life to its fullest. He left a lot of smiles and laughter along the way. Rest In Peace Uncle Buck you will be greatly missed! Stacy, Juan, Milo and Kaiya Marrufo
Comment | Posted at 12:23am via Condolence

Carnell Proctor

To Tammy & all the family: May God give peace & comfort to your hearts and grace to sustain you in all the days ahead. With deepest sympathy, James & Carnell Proctor
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Loretta Shirtz

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have known Buck and will remember great family times.
He was always a very happy person to be around and he made our hearts smile. He will be dearly missed.
John and Loretta
Comment | Posted at 07:58pm via Condolence

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