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Rodney R. Wyffels

Obituary for Rodney R. Wyffels

October 24, 1953 - March 12, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 66


Rodney R. Wyffels, of Philadelphia, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at home. He was 66 years old. Rod was born on October 24, 1953 in Philadelphia. He and his wife Wanda K. (née Wolfe) Wyffels got married on March 5, 1977 and had 43 years together. Rod graduated from Lansdowne Aldan High School in 1971 where he was on the football and wrestling teams and made great memories. After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and was on the United States Air Force Wrestling Team, stationed in Germany. He also participated in the Olympic Training Camp in 1976 but broke his ankle wrestling with a friend in his living room. As he always said, good thing because had he not, he would not have met Wanda at the Bowmanstown Diner in the summer of 1976. His family became his world and, after God, always his first priority. Rod's love for his family was clear to everyone he knew, and his faith was apparent in the life he lived.
Together they moved to the Wilkes Barre area and he earned his BS in Accounting and Finance from Wilkes University. He then became the school business administrator of Galeton Area and then Northwest Area School Districts. Rod and his family moved back to the Philadelphia area, where he earned his MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and later a MS in Education from Temple University. In his second career, Rod found fulfillment in teaching accounting and entrepreneurship to Philadelphia School District's students at Olney and Lincoln High Schools. He made certain his students were able to showcase their talents at various events throughout the city and taught skills they could use to make a bright future for themselves. In addition to teaching, he coached football for Ben Franklin and Olney High Schools and wrestling at Martin Luther King, Jr., Ben Franklin, Franklin Towne Charter, Olney, and Lincoln High Schools. Rod was proud of his players and wrestlers. A few of his wrestlers kept in touch and they were a light in his life.
Outside of work, Rod found joy and peace in outdoor activities. He loved swimming in oceans and lakes, fishing, crabbing, boating, BBQing, and camping with family and friends. He was always excited to head off to Connie Mack, then Veteran's Stadium, to see the Phillies. He also enjoyed watching sports on television while Wanda, Shannon, and eventually Persey, fell asleep on the couch. Heading off to the beach together was another of Rod's favorites. Even after his paralysis in 2010 he continued to live a full life. Thanks to his faith, determination, and the love and support of those at Magee, family, close friends and kind visitors the details of life changed but his spirit remained. Rod was a person that ploughed through life's challenges making sure he and his family enjoyed life and all the adventures that came with it. Throughout Rod's life he had many close friends with whom he had great fun and together they made unforgettable memories that brought joy many times over in stories shared. Some died early, some he lost touch with, some were still in his life; they all meant the world to him.
His life had many seasons but what was constant was Rod's care for people and that he found his happiness in making sure others were cared for and happy. With an abundance of hard work, love, encouragement, and acceptance Rod always provided a beautiful life for his wife, daughter, and granddaughter. Rod was willing to provide everything he could to anyone he could. If you needed a warm, dry place and home cooked meals to recuperate from a tough life and you knew Rod, you'd soon find yourself in his home. He was a selfless man. Rodney Wyffels will always be a good man, a good friend, and a great Opa, father, and husband. It's rare to find a person that both loves his family so deeply and makes such an impact on the world around him. His amazing presence will be sorely missed by many.
In addition to his wife Wanda, Rod is survived by his daughter, Shannon A. Wyffels and his granddaughter, Persephone "Persey" E. Drelich.
A memorial service for Rod will be held at the Abington Friends Meeting once it is safe for us to gather. Memorial contributions in Rod's name may be made to Joel Osteen Ministries at Joel Osteen's sermons helped Rod stay centered when life's challenges were overwhelming. Family services are entrusted under the care of Geitner-Givnish, 215-224-6300.

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