Roderick LeRoy Hargo

Roderick LeRoy Hargo, 77, passed this life on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 in Southview Medical Center, Dayton after an extended illness.

Mr. Hargo was born on Thursday, Aug. 14, 1941 to the late Clarence C. Hargo, Sr. and Elverta (Vineyard) Thomas-Hargo-Redman in Mansfield. Rod was a 1959 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Central State University in 1963 and was commissioned through ROTC as an Army Second Lieutenant of the Field Artillery.

After graduating Cum Laude and a Distinguished ROTC Cadet he used these early achievements as a spring board for what was to become an accomplished life in travel, career-oriented employment positions, and acquiring additional degree education. His accomplishments are too numerous to list, but some of the highlights of his extraordinary life are acknowledged. 

Rod served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, which included 2 tours in Vietnam, acquiring the rank of Major. He remained with the government until 1982 when he left his position as Director of Evaluation at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. In addition to serving in Vietnam, Rod also served stints in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and Tuskegee, Alabama, where he was a Public Affairs Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science, respectively.

In 1982 Rod joined the United Methodist Church specializing in Public Relations and Communications as a director and consultant. He opened offices in the churches various jurisdictions in Indianapolis, Nashville, Dallas, and Dayton. At the end of this busy 15 years, Rod retired for the first time.

Rod’s retirement lasted about a year and he was ready to get back to work. This time Rod returned to his home state of Ohio, making his home in Dayton. Over the next 11 years from 1998-2009, Rod united with the Metropolitan Community Church and the Dayton VA Medical Center serving as an Administrative Assistant, Test Administrator, and finally a Program Support Assistant, Engineering Service. Rod retired for a second time in 2003 from the Dayton VA returning in 2008 retiring for the third and final time in 2009. 

Through the years Rod acquired two master’s degrees in Journalism from Ball State University, and Comparative Religions from American College of Theology. He also obtained his Doctorate Degree in Religious Education from the afore named American College. In addition to these degrees Rod has received additional schooling, and certifications from University of Wisconsin, MIT, and Indiana University. Military Education in several courses including the Pershing Officer Course, and continuing education courses from New York, Western Kentucky, and Oklahoma Universities.

Socially and professionally Rod is a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Defense information School Alumni and Religious Communicators Associations, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Miami Valley Unitarian Fellowship.

Rod was an over achiever with a thirst for not only acquiring knowledge but sharing all that he learned with our future leaders.

Rod is survived by his brother: Clarence Hargo, of Mansfield; nieces and nephews: Stephen Walker, of Gahanna, Margo Walker-Jackson, of Columbus, Twila Walker, of Worthington, Warren Hargo Jr., and Linda Hargo-Whitted, of Detroit, Tarah Hargo Moser, of Texas, Keisha Hargo, of Virginia, Barbara and Richard Thomas, of Cleveland, Jeff, Elverta and Marlon Thomas, of Colorado, and Annetha Williams, of Virginia.

In addition to his parents Rod was preceded in death by four siblings Warren Hargo Sr., Joyce Walker, William and James Thomas, and two nephews, Bryant Hargo, and Larry Thomas.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, at noon in the chapel of Williams Funeral Services with Rev. Dr. Laurence Rawls of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. till time of service. Inurnment with military honors will be conducted later in the Dayton National Cemetery.

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