Jon “Rod” Roderick Bledsoe, 59, was born May 23, 1960, in Kansas City to Clifford Leroy Bledsoe and Joyce Corene (Watson) Bledsoe. He passed away in Joplin Sept. 29, 2019.
He was united in marriage to Carla Sue Jenkins in 1981. This union was blessed with two daughters, Cayla and Becky.
Rod was a commissioned police officer in two states. He served as a homicide detective on the Kansas City Metro Squad. He was also a volunteer fire fighter for the El Dorado Springs Fire Department and a proud member of the El Dorado Springs Masonic Lodge for many years. Rod had a dedicated life to servitude. He was the owner of Boondocks Marine in El Dorado Springs for 13 years.
He was saved by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Rod was a member of the Freedom Missionary Baptist Church of Stock-ton.
Rod enjoyed making people laugh and was a real go-getter. He could have multiple tasks going at the same time and never break a sweat to complete them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Joyce (Watson) Bledsoe; sister, Debbie Johnson; niece, Heather Bledsoe, and nephew, Billy Johnson.
Rod is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carla (Jenkins) Bledsoe of El Dorado Springs; daughters, Cayla Bledsoe of Appleton City and Becky (Josh) Nickels of Waynesville,; brothers, Richard (Patty) Bledsoe of Independence and Tom (Michelle) Bledsoe of Deepwater; sister, Pam Shulfer, of Redmond, OR, along with several grandchildren, cousins, nephews and a niece.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 5, in Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Rev. Leo Keller and Rev. Mike Nance officiating. Music was “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “Can’t Feel At Home” and “Amazing Grace.”
Inurnment will be in Landaker Cemetery, Lowry City, under direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola, at a later date.