Newport, NH—Henry Peter Rodeschin, 87, died Thursday, November 5, 2020 at his home in Newport, NH
Henry was born on December 1, 1932 in Room 6 of the Chateau, an inn and restaurant which was located fourteen feet from his residence in Newport. Henry was one of seven children born to Severin and Louise (Goldmann) Rodeschin. A member of the football and track and field teams, Henry graduated from Towle in 1950. He left Newport to serve in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1953 where he took a position at Pratt and Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut.
While home one weekend in 1956, Henry met his future bride Beverly who was on leave from the Navy with his sister Frieda. The two fell in love and were married seven months later in April 1957 and lived in Hartford, Connecticut for next 5 years.
Encouraged by his brother Bill to return home and start Rody's Gun shop, Henry, Bev, and their newborn daughter, returned to Newport in August of 1962. They purchased a piece of the family property from his brother, built their home, and spent the next fifty-eight years as neighbors and business partners.
Henry became the forty-fourth employee hired by Bill Ruger for the newly established Pine Tree Castings (a subsidiary of Ruger Firearms) in Guild. He was the foundry supervisor for just over 35 years, retiring in March of 1998.
Henry was involved in the growth and development of the town of Newport. He became a member of the Budget Committee in 1979 and served on that committee for seven years. In 1988 he was elected to the Board of Selectmen and served as the Chairman or Vice-chairman for six years. During those years Henry also served as a representative to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Capital Improvement Program. He again served as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2007-2012.
He is predeceased by his wife, Beverly, his brother Severin, and his sister Ruth. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Ted Monetta, and grandchildren Tony and Ashley of Rochester, NH; his son, Darrin Rodeschin and grandchildren Aidan and Siena of Lorton, VA; his brother Bill (and Barbara) Rodeschin, and sisters Frieda (and Ronald) Bourne, Katherine (Kiki) (and Francis) Miller and Irene Parmenter; along with many nieces and nephews.
Out of concern for the safety of others, there will be no calling hours. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at St. Patrick’s Cemetery for immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to St. Patrick's Church in Newport, NH.
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