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James D. Rodowsky

December 11, 2020


James Daniel Rodowsky, born January 13, 1930 in Baltimore Maryland, passed away peacefully at home on December 11, 2020, with his family by his side.

Dan proudly served in the U.S. Navy Stinger Squadron on the USS Philippine Sea CV-47, during the Korean War.  After his service, he was employed by the Boeing Corporation, particularly enjoying his assignment in North Africa.  After Boeing, he worked in the HVAC industry and ultimately retired from the Aviation Division of the Maryland State Police.

Post retirement, Dan participated in the building of the Kalmar Nyckel, leaving one of his fingers behind in the process.  He had a lifelong interest in HVAC and all things mechanical.  Dan was committed to influencing world policy by talking to his television.  He was known for precisely measuring and recording data, whether it be the temperature in his house or his family finances.  His love of dogs was legendary and he was never without one by his side.

It seemed he had a saying, a "Dan-ism", for many things in life.  He taught his children lessons with some of his simple advice.  One of our favorites, "sit down and rock until that thought goes away."

He prided himself in keeping the family Volkswagen fleet on the road and ensuring that his children all knew how to change the oil.  After all, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. 

Dan is survived by Lorraine, his loving wife of 60 years.  He is also survived by his four children, Dan Rodowsky, Bill Rodowsky, Lauri Rodowsky, Denise Rodowsky Lee (Gary Lee); and his granddaughter, Rebecca Lee. who fondly named him "Grangraddy" as a small child.  He is also survived by his sister, Joan Derwart (Florida), whom he fondly referred to as "Sis".  Let's not forget Molly, the dog that was currently the love of his life.

Services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711; or Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.

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