Robert “Bobby Joe” Rodeheaver

Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Smith Funeral Home

Robert "Bobby Joe" Rodeheaver

Keyser - At the age of 71, Robert "Bobby Joe" Rodeheaver of Keyser, WV, took his last fateful breath at his cabin on the river, where he could often be found in the summertime gardening, working on his latest project, or just grilling out with his beloved dog, Pete. Bobby Joe was a strong-willed Vietnam Veteran and fearless Green Beret that loved watching football, eating good food, and telling stories- almost as much as he loved his family.

One thing is for certain, you could always count on Bobby Joe to tell you how it is! While he may have been the last person to put up with any B.S., he was the first person to offer a helping hand. His kindhearted ways left a standing impact on many people far and wide. He was part of Keyser High School's 1968 graduating class and is remembered for his exceptional talent on the football team.

The following year in '69 he joined the courageous 1st Battalion 9th Regiment of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he dutifully served overseas in Vietnam. Following his return from war, Bobby Joe joined the West Virginia Army National Guard in 1972 with C Battery, 1st Battalion 201st Field Artillery. To cap his prestigious military career off, he made the C Company, 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group in 1975 and rose to Staff Sergeant by 1979. Earning his Green Beret led him to become a paratrooper and gain his airborne wings at Ft. Benning, Georgia; a story he told with tremendous pride and honor.

He was a devout millwright for 42 years and learned many valuable skills over the decades. This inspired him to start remodeling houses in his free time with the help of local youth seeking knowledge. He took a select few under his wing and mentored those individuals as they completed various carpentry and masonry projects together with great dignity. He was commended for his workmanship, generosity, and guidance over the years. Robert Joseph Rodeheaver was a jack of all trades and will be sorely missed. He coined many names over his lifetime: Dad, Grandpap Bob, Bobby Joe, and Roadie, but above all, he was known as a great friend by many.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou (McDonald) Rodeheaver, and father, Joseph Everett Rodeheaver, as well as his little brother, Bruce Owen Rodeheaver, with whom he couldn't wait to be reunited again!

He is survived by his brother Terry Rodeheaver and sister Joyce (Rodeheaver) Rice; children Selena (Rodeheaver) Hoban and William Rodeheaver; grandchildren Samantha (Hoban) Jarvie, Jeremiah Rodeheaver, Katie Hoban, Ivy Rodeheaver, and Sawyer Rodeheaver, and great-granddaughters Macynn Wilt and Juliana Jarvie.

Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted immediately following the visitation at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Wes Beahm officiating.

Interment will be in the Beaver Run Cemetery, Burlington, WV, where graveside military honors will be accorded.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Rodeheaver's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Posted online on January 14, 2022

Published in Mineral Daily News Tribune

Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune

Robert “Bobby Joe” Rodeheaver

Smith Funeral Home

Robert "Bobby Joe" Rodeheaver

Keyser - At the age of 71, Robert "Bobby Joe" Rodeheaver of Keyser, WV, took his last fateful breath at his cabin on the river, where he could often be found in the summertime gardening, working on his latest project, or just grilling out with his beloved dog, Pete. Bobby Joe was a strong-willed Vietnam Veteran and fearless Green Beret that loved watching football, eating good food, and telling stories- almost as much as he loved his family.

One thing is for certain, you could always count on Bobby Joe to tell you how it is! While he may have been the last person to put up with any B.S., he was the first person to offer a helping hand. His kindhearted ways left a standing impact on many people far and wide. He was part of Keyser High School's 1968 graduating class and is remembered for his exceptional talent on the football team.

The following year in '69 he joined the courageous 1st Battalion 9th Regiment of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he dutifully served overseas in Vietnam. Following his return from war, Bobby Joe joined the West Virginia Army National Guard in 1972 with C Battery, 1st Battalion 201st Field Artillery. To cap his prestigious military career off, he made the C Company, 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group in 1975 and rose to Staff Sergeant by 1979. Earning his Green Beret led him to become a paratrooper and gain his airborne wings at Ft. Benning, Georgia; a story he told with tremendous pride and honor.

He was a devout millwright for 42 years and learned many valuable skills over the decades. This inspired him to start remodeling houses in his free time with the help of local youth seeking knowledge. He took a select few under his wing and mentored those individuals as they completed various carpentry and masonry projects together with great dignity. He was commended for his workmanship, generosity, and guidance over the years. Robert Joseph Rodeheaver was a jack of all trades and will be sorely missed. He coined many names over his lifetime: Dad, Grandpap Bob, Bobby Joe, and Roadie, but above all, he was known as a great friend by many.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou (McDonald) Rodeheaver, and father, Joseph Everett Rodeheaver, as well as his little brother, Bruce Owen Rodeheaver, with whom he couldn't wait to be reunited again!

He is survived by his brother Terry Rodeheaver and sister Joyce (Rodeheaver) Rice; children Selena (Rodeheaver) Hoban and William Rodeheaver; grandchildren Samantha (Hoban) Jarvie, Jeremiah Rodeheaver, Katie Hoban, Ivy Rodeheaver, and Sawyer Rodeheaver, and great-granddaughters Macynn Wilt and Juliana Jarvie.

Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted immediately following the visitation at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Wes Beahm officiating.

Interment will be in the Beaver Run Cemetery, Burlington, WV, where graveside military honors will be accorded.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Rodeheaver's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Posted online on January 14, 2022

Published in Mineral Daily News Tribune