Rodney Graham Lynch, 77, of Beeville, Texas, passed away on April 4, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas.
Rodney was born in Corpus Christi on Feb. 10, 1946 to Bobby D. Lynch and Wanda Mae (Graham) Lynch. He attended Calallen High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in agriculture from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. Upon graduation, Rodney began his career teaching in Bruni, Texas, then moved to Banquete where he taught for several years.
He then left teaching to go to work for Santa Gertrudis Breeders International as a classifier, working in both the United States and internationally. After several years with SGBI, he was hired by the King Ranch to manage the cattle operation, and later worked as a consultant for ranchers before going to work for Whataburger Corporation as an order buyer.
Leaving behind his life in the agricultural field, Rodney found his home in the South Texas oilfield, working for Goetz and several other companies before moving to Pro-Field Services where he was working at the time of his death.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, Bobby and Wanda Mae Lynch.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Leslie; his children, Jeff Cook of Pennsylvania, Sloan (Lorie) Lynch of Calallen, Sallie (Ryan) Smith of Austin, Tate (Jennifer) Urban of Cuero and Drew (Doug) Callegari of Johnson City, Texas; brother, Randy (DJ) Lynch of California; grandchildren, Chase Lynch, Bowen Smith and Werd and Eletta Callegari; niece and nephew, Lori and Graham Lynch.
Rodney had two loves in his life – his family and his work – and he successfully shared his time between the two. Rodney was not an impatient man in the traditional sense of the word but believed that if there was something needing to be done, then “git it done!” His personality was as big as his heart, and he always thought the best of everyone. He loved to laugh and enjoyed his jokes as much, if not more, than his listeners. Rodney had many friends and loved them all. His most admirable trait was his ability to stay positive and look on the bright side of things, especially over the last 10 months. Rodney was just a good man.
In keeping with Rodney’s wishes, there will be no funeral service, but he did say there could be a “farewell party.” The date of that party will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.