Through the midst of an Arizona rainbow, Rod Roof of Normal made his final tee shot Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2019) in Mesa, Ariz. It was a heavenly hole-in-one.
Rod “Rodsey” Roof was born Feb. 3, 1954, in Canton, Ohio, to Rob and Marjorie Myers and Rob Roof.
He is survived by his soulmate, Rae Anne Campbell, and his children through love, Danielle and Bretter Campbell; stepson, Derek (Danielle) Sample and grandchildren, Emma and Drake. Also surviving are his mother, Marjorie Roof, Bloomington; two brothers, Denny (Gail) Roof, Bloomington, and Jeff (Melody) Roof, Atlanta; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
Per Rod’s wishes, a celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 pm. March 9 at El Paso Golf Club.
Rod was a star athlete at Heyworth High School where he participated and excelled in football and basketball. He owned and operated Rod Roof Construction Inc., where he was known for his quality and craftsmanship.
The sport he truly loved was golf, and Rod was fortunate to have three holes-in-one during his lifetime on earth. Two were at El Paso Golf Club and one at Crestwicke Country Club. Rod enjoyed his extended golf family at El Paso Golf Club, including his special buddy, James Walker. Rod also enjoyed his Schooners lunch buddies where he enjoyed countless friendships, conversations, Miller Lite, fried chicken and goulash.
Rod had a magnetic personality and a contagious smile. To know him was to love him. Rodsey had the natural ability to meet a person once and become their best friend … on the golf course, at work, everywhere. Rod was a gentleman and a peacekeeper. He was a modern day cowboy. He loved his westerns and old movies. Rae was the love of his life, and he expressed this daily by singing “Here she comes, Miss America!”
Rod’s family would like to express their gratitude for the compassion and care shown after Rod’s brain aneurysm by the ICU team at Banner Desert Memorial in Mesa, Ariz. And a special thanks to Drew and Terry Vance who opened their home in Mesa to Rae and Danielle during this difficult time.
Memorials may be made to PNC Bank, c/o Rose Connell, 202 E. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701.
Rest in peace, Rodney, knowing how everyone truly loved you.