Funeral services for Rodney O. Fety will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at 11:00 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Perl Siskyou Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
Rod died at his home, with his family at his side, as he wished. He was 95 and a half years old, and lived independently until four weeks before his death.
Rod was a fourth generation Oregonian, born in Portland, Ore., on June 13, 1915, and had been a resident of the Rogue Valley since 1974. He graduated from Oregon State College in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in forestry, and later earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Rod served his country as a United States Marine prior to attending college, then as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was stationed aboard an LST, and participated in amphibious assaults at Algeria, North Africa; Licata, Sicily; Salerno, Italy; and Normandy, France on D-Day. He received many awards, and retired from military service as a lieutenant commander.
On Oct. 21, 1942, in New York City, Rod married Jean Platt, a Medford native and descendant of an early pioneer family. She preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 1991. Rod is survived by his daughter, Claudia Fety Williams (and husband, Bruce), of Sisters, Ore.; his son, James Robert Fety (and wife, Beverly) of Rogue River, Ore.; five grandchildren, Emily Williams Rideout, Matthew Arnold Williams, Lauren Fety, Allegra Fety, and Stuart Fety; and three great-grandchildren, Elyse, Sophia and Samuel Rideout. He viewed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "the crown jewels of his life."
Rod's career was with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, where he worked for 37 years, primarily in Salem, Portland, and Washington, D.C. In his retirement years, he was active in the Medford community. He served on governing boards at St. Mark's Church, the Rogue Valley Country Club, the Retired Officer's Association, and the Oregon State Society of Washington, D.C.
Rod's family wishes to express their thanks to the Breakfast Group from St. Mark's, to Dad's friends and staff at Rogue Valley Country Club, and to his close neighbors for their longstanding friendship and support.
Memorial contributions made be made to Providence Hospice or Medford Gospel Mission.