Rodney Lee Schoelkopf, Sr., DVM

July 11, 1931May 12, 2018

Rodney “Rod” Schoelkopf, 86, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018. It is befitting that in springtime with abundant green and re-flowering we are reminded of eternal life. Rod was born July 11, 1931, to George and Ferne Schoelkopf in West Reading, PA. While based in Charleston, SC, with the Navy, his beautiful voice led him to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church choir where he met his dearest love, Doris, to whom he was married for 62 years. Surely now they are singing together with the heavenly hosts. Following his life-long love of animals, especially horses, Rod graduated from the University of Georgia with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He applied his training by working in the International Division of Central Soya, travelling for years all over the world. Retiring to South Carolina, he continued to cultivate his varied interests including gourmet cooking and bread-making, classical music and opera, master gardening and horsemanship.

Rod is survived by his children J. Andrew Schoelkopf and Katherine E. (Barbara Derr) Schoelkopf, brother Thomas (Barbara) Schoelkopf, a loving extended family and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, and his son, Rodney, Jr.

A private service will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Bohn Chapel, Lindenwood Cemetery, with burial following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Audubon Society, 225 Varick Street, 7th floor, New York, NY 10014 or “Heart-felt thanks to the wonderful staff of Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley for their loving care.”


  • Committal Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rodney Lee Schoelkopf, Sr., DVM

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Cindy Douglass

May 17, 2018

My condolences to the Schoelkopf family.

Katie - So sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers are with you, Barb and the family as you celebrate his life. I pray God's peace to all.

Cindy Douglass

Lisa W

May 17, 2018

My condolences to the Schoelkopf family. I pray the "God of all comfort" strengthens the family during this time of bereavement. May the many loving and cherished memories of Rodney comfort his family and friends. A comforting thought to keep in mind is at Isaiah 25:8 "He (GOD) will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." May you all have peace of mind during this time.


May 16, 2018

With deep faith, continue to find hope in God’s promise to us all at John 5:28. May this be a support to you all in this time.