Clifford Owen Rhodenizer, 86, of Appomattox, Virginia passed away March 20, 2020.
Rhodenizer is survived by two children, Donna Jean of Appomattox and Clifford Jr. (Cathy) of Roswell, Ga.; and two brothers, Robert C. Rhodenizer Sr. and Herbert A. Rhodenizer Sr. (Mary Frances).
He was preceded in death by brothers, Albert, Harry, Clinton, John William and Lawrence Jr., and sisters, Elizabeth Davis, Virginia Black, Edna Turner and Mary Anna Davis.
Born November 7, 1933 and raised on a farm in Rockbridge County, Rhodenizer was the son of Lawrence John and Mabel Robinson Rhodenizer.
He graduated from Effinger High School and was drafted into the Army where he served at Arlington and with the 529 Military Police Honor Guard Company, United States Army Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany.
On August 1, 1958, Rhodenizer was employed by the Virginia State Police and after basic training, received assignments to Alexandria and Roanoke.
In June 1968, Trooper Rhodenizer, with the help of his wife Betty, designed the seal for the County of Roanoke based on the scenic view and the activities of Native Americans who hunted and fished in the Roanoke Valley. The area at the time was called Big Lick. The seal was officially adopted by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in June 1968 and has been used on all government, school, buildings and stationary.
Rhodenizer became active in local organizations, including the Masonic fraternity in which he advanced to the highest level of officers. He was appointed Deputy Grand Master of the 26th Masonic District. Rhodenizer was a 32nd degree Mason, served as a Worshipful Master of Monroe Masonic Lodge, Appomattox, during the years of 1973 and 1975.
On July 1, 1970, Trooper Rhodenizer was promoted to investigator and assigned to the Third Division, Appomattox, later promoted to first sergeant. He retired in April 1994.
Rhodenizer graduated from Central Virginia Community College in June 1978 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Police Science. He served two terms on the Appomattox County School Board as a representative of Wreck Island District from 2000 to 2008.
Rhodenizer was a charter member of Grace Hills Baptist Church.
A graveside service was conducted March 24 at Liberty Cemetery by the Rev. Dr. Adam Tyler accompanied by retired Capt. G. Howard Gregory, with Masonic Rites by Monroe Lodge #301. A.F. & A.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia State Police Association Relief Fund at www.vspa. org/donate/general.html.