OBITUARY

H. Rodman Annable

May 22, 1931July 25, 2018
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Funeral Services for H. Rodman Annable, 87, of Temple, will be held at 11:00 AM Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 AM Sunday prior to the service. He passed away on July 25, 2018 in Temple. Rodman was born May 22, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Herbert Cecil and Catherine Louise Shattuck Annable. He was raised and attended school in Brooklyn and was voted MVP of his high school football team. Rodman attended 1 year of college at Lehigh University. He met and married the love of his life, Ethel Drutjons, on September 26, 1954 at the St. Stephens Church in Brooklyn. They enjoyed 63 wonderful years together before her passing October 14, 2017. Rodman proudly served in the US Army from 1950 to 1953 and obtained the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. Rodman was a Home Contractor and loved home building, photography, painting landscapes and making model airplanes. Left to cherish his memories is his sister, Evelyn Morris of South Yarmouth, MA; his son, Rodman J. Annable of Temple; his daughters, Victoria Louise Samadi of New Windsor, NY and Constance Annable Jacklet of Carnation, WA; grandchildren, Stacy Ellington of Round Lake, IL, David Annable of Los Angeles, CA, and Rebecca Lyon of Little River Academy, TX; great grandchildren, Ryan Topper, Lillian Ellington, Isabelle Ellington and Luka Ellington all of Round Lake, IL, Emma Lyon, Rose Lyon and Aubrey Lyon all of Little River Academy, TX, and Charlie Mae Annable of Los Angeles, CA. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of the arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Ethel Annable, Wife
  • Rodman J. Annable, Son
  • Victoria Louise Samadi, Daughter
  • Constance Annable Jacklet, Daughter
  • Evelyn Morris, Sister
  • Herbert Cecil Annable, Father
  • Catherine Louise Shattuck Annable, Mother
  • Stacy Ellington, Granddaughter
  • David Annable, Grandson
  • Rebecca Lyon, Granddaughter
  • Ryan Topper, Great Grandchild
  • Lillian Ellington, Great Grandchild
  • Isabelle Ellington, Great Grandchild
  • Luke Ellington, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Lyon, Great Grandchild
  • Rose Lyon, Great Grandchild
  • Aubrey Lyon, Great Grandchild
  • Charlie Mae Annable, Great Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 29, 2018
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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits H. Rodman Annable, who was indeed a born leader. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic, and was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Rod was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Rod knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.
Rod was born on May 22, 1931 at Methodist Episcopal Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Herbert Cecil Annable and Catherine Louise Shattuck Annable. Rod was raised in Brooklyn, New York with his older sister, Evelyn, whom he called Ev. Rod and his sister had a happy childhood in both Brooklyn and Glen Rock, New Jersey. Even as a youngster, Rod learned to be an independent thinker. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.
As a young boy, Rod was able to put his natural abilities to work. He helped to make sure that others avoided things they weren’t supposed to do and did what they should. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. However, he was also well-known as a prankster with a keen sense of humor and a ready wit. Rod also had an appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Rod, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.
He also enjoyed being part of teams, organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Rod took part in baseball, football, street hockey and basketball. He was a Boy Scout for a brief period. In his spare time, he liked to build model airplanes, collect comics and baseball cards and loved to draw and sketch. One of Rod’s memorable sports achievements included being selected MVP in football his senior year at Ridgewood High School.
In school, Rod was not exactly a model student, but showed enthusiasm for the classes he found challenging and interesting. A logical and focused thinker, Rod excelled and won awards in math and science. He was organized and logical with a goal-oriented approach to his studies. His personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York. His senior year, he went to Ridgewood High School in New Jersey and graduated In 1949. His favorite classes in high school were math, sports and making trouble.
Rod’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard, set academic goals and see them through. At Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, he would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving on to the next project. His orderly nature gave way to establishing habits that carried over to other parts of his life, including his enlistment into the U.S. Army in 1950.
Rod was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. Rod had a quick wit and an ability to relate interesting and amusing stories from history and life. When Rod was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded and amused. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to him came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Richie Mitrurn, Teddy Barra, Pete Decker and "Ocky". Later in life, he became friends with Bob Linguanti, John Swensen, Frank Morris, Pete & Jacquie Incledon and Clarence & Annabelle Aull
Rod was proud of his heritage and cherished the closeness of his family. On September 26, 1954 Rod exchanged wedding vows with his childhood sweetheart, Ethel Drutjons, at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York. One of his most amusing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates in history, but not necessarily the birthdays and anniversaries of family and friends.
Rod actively participated in his children's development. He wanted his children to have balanced and well-rounded personalities and education. He took great pleasure in exposing them to different ideas, cultures and foods. Rod further expanded his children's worldview by bringing them to museums, historical sites and parks. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing, enforcing rules he thought were important, but had the wisdom to allow his children exploration, adventure and learning by trial and error. He was a disciplinarian who was also tender and compassionate. Rod and Ethel were blessed with three children, one son, Rodman and two daughters, Victoria and Constance. He also enjoyed sharing these same principles and ideas with his three grandchildren, Stacy, David and Rebecca, and eight great-grandchildren, Ryan, Lilly, Izzy, Luka, Emma, Rose, Aubrey and Charlie Mae.
Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Rod was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track and on time. An excellent project supervisor, he was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available and was always striving to make improvements. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Rod upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a Home Contractor. He was in the Union at Idlewild Airport (renamed JFK Airport) and worked to build the Pan Am building at JFK Airport. He then had his own construction company, Panda Construction, changed names to Con-Tor Construction (named for his daughters), which then reorganized to Rajah Construction to form a partnership with his son. He was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”
Rod was an Army veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military. Although he understood rank, he was also not afraid to test rules and regulations. Serving during the Korean War, Rod was stationed in Germany from 1950-1953 at the Berlin Wall. He was in the 172nd Infantry Regiment, Tank Company 4th Platoon. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of First Platoon Sergeant (Tank Commander) before he was honorably discharged.
Rod set the example of a well-rounded individual by recognizing the value of work well done and that of quality leisure time. He appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were building airplane models from balsa wood, painting landscapes, gardening, photography, watching old movies on Turner Classic Movie Channel and Judge Judy, listening to Big Band and classical music and tracing the Annable family's genealogy. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Rod to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, he played football and baseball. Recreational sports included adult softball, golf and umpiring for children and adult baseball games. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was hockey (he had season tickets to the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers) - and watching, coaching and cheering on his goalie son.
Rod belonged to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. He had been an active member of the Lions and Rotary Clubs.
Rod was a fan of lively conversation. He would prompt philosophical and ethical discussions with his children encouraging their independent thought and reasoning abilities. Debates were common and enlightening within the family. Although subjects could be serious, the approach and resolution of ideas was often amusing.
Rod enjoyed vacations with family and friends. Trips that included golf, casinos and laughter, and family time were his favorite kind of vacation. Favorite locations for vacations included trips to Las Vegas to gamble, Florida with friends, and the Poconos with family.
Rod was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. He was between 8-10 years old when he got Pudgy, a Welsh Corgi. They were best friends for 17 years. He and his sister Evelyn shared good memories of their clever childhood pet. When Rod had his own family, he rescued puppies from near a railroad track. Out of that litter the family of five adopted Blitzen, a German Shepherd/Collie Mix, who rounded out the family for 14 years.
When Rod’s retirement finally arrived in 2008 in Mount Ivy, New York, he was well prepared. Part of his new life involved relocating to Temple, Texas. In his retirement years, he found pleasure in gardening, playing golf, cooking eggs benedict and driving to Atlantic City with Ethel to gamble at various casinos. He enjoyed playing at the black jack tables and later, the video poker slot machines. In many ways, Rod loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with three generations of family as well as friends. In addition, he would pursue his hobbies and activities.
Rod passed away on July 25, 2018 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas from natural causes. He is survived by his sister, Evelyn; sister-in-law, Marion; children, Rod, Tory and Connie; godson and nephew, Bob; nephew, Bill; grandchildren, Stacy, David and Rebecca; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Lilly, Izzy, Luka, Emma, Rose, Aubrey and Charlie Mae. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home. Rod was laid to rest in Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery with his beloved wife, Ethel.
All who knew him would agree that Rod was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground but still looked at the amusing side of life. His life was balanced and well lived. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so they could accomplish more in their own lives. Rod did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person. H. Rodman Annable will be remembered for having a tough but tender nature, a dedication to family, a thirst for knowledge, a clever sense of humor and sharp wit.