James "Rod" A. Rodeghero MD

August 24, 1925December 1, 2018

Rodeghero, Dr. James A. “Rod” Born in Lockport, IL to John and Ruth Rodeghero on August 24th, 1925. As a high school graduate he enlisted in the US Navy to become a Naval pilot. After WWII, he attended St. Louis University, where he received his doctorate of medicine and served his internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He served as Chief of Staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Kettering Memorial Hospital. He was a teaching professor at Wright State School of Medicine while having a family practice for almost fifty years. Hobbies included flying and building ultralights, traveling, water sports at Lake Cherokee, and spending time with family. Preceding him in death, parents, his first wife Theresa Rodeghero, brothers Jack and Donald, and sister Mary Lou Saviskas. He is survived by present wife Margaret (Johnson) Rodeghero. His children, James Rodeghero Jr. Ph.D. (Sara), Paul Rodeghero DDS (Ginger), Gwen Frericks, Thomas Rodeghero (Nancy), sister Patty Diemer, ten Grandchildren: Dan, Matt, Theresa, Patty, Kim, Chrissy, T.J., Amy, Andrew, Sarah, nine Great Grandchildren: Ayva, Josh, Christian, Peyton, Maddie, Luke, Jacob, Amelia, Adeline, and his faithful companion Hannah (beagle). Thanks to great neighbors and friends who have helped and supported us. The family will receive visitors Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 9:00AM, Emmanuel Catholic Church, 149 Franklin St, Dayton, OH 45402, Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00AM. Burial at Calvary Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Crossroads Hospice, Humane Society of Greater Dayton, and Kettering Medical Center Foundation (Stroke Care). Send online condolences to


  • Margaret Rodeghero, Spouse
  • James Rodeghero Jr PhD, Son
  • Paul Rodeghero DDS, Son
  • Gwen Frericks, Daughter
  • Thomas Rodeghero, Son


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 7, 2018

James "Rod" A. Rodeghero MD

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Judi Parizo (Hernandez)

December 6, 2018


I was sorry to read about Rod. I still remember him flying over our house in his ultralite and waving at him. Hoping, too, that he stayed up in the air!

My thoughts are with you.


Susan Dorsey

December 5, 2018

So sorry to hear of Rods’ passing, he certainly gave it a good fight! We didn’t know him for very long but were truly happy to have met he and Margaret, such great people. He made a lasting impression. Tom and Susan

Georgann Wampler

December 5, 2018

May God be with this family during the loss of Rod. Met him only once in Bean Station and was impressed by such a large number and loving family.

Mary Alice Livingston

December 4, 2018

What a pleasure it was to meet Rod during our time in Dayton while taking care of my precious sister-in-law. Wilma Nien. Rod and Margaret were her true friends and we were honored to inherit them as friends. Margaret, your dear Rod was so blessed to have you in his life. Your love for him was so evident and you are a precious soul. We love you and are so glad we met such a loving, intelligent man like your Rod! We are the lucky ones. Love and prayers to you and your family. Love- Johnny and Mary Alice Livingston

Lauri Goines

December 4, 2018

It was such a pleasure to get to know Rod and be his Nurse.....what a lovely couple him and Margaret are...I will miss seeing him....Lauri lpn Crossroads