Jaime Rodriguez, 61, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 9, 2020, at the CHP Inpatient Hospice center in Defiance, Ohio, following a brief battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 17, 1958, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Lucia (Hernandez) and the late Guillermo Rodriguez.
A 1976 graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School, Jaime obtained training in law enforcement and graduated from CJ Tech Police Academy in 1990. He was known as a hard worker who preferred to work with his hands outdoors.
In addition to farming, he worked at Burkholder Construction and Elden Roth, and served on the Fayette and Archbold police departments and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. He also served as an EMT on the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department. He formally retired from the Archbold Police Department after more than 20 years of service.
Jaime always yearned for more knowledge, and he was talented at doing anything he set his mind to. He was very mechanically inclined, enjoyed making wine, raising strawberries, and was very successful in beekeeping. He enjoyed ice fishing, vacationing in Florida and Mexico, and recently enjoyed playing pickleball.
Jaime was said to have a heart of gold and a contagious smile that could warm up a room.
He is survived by two children, Renee (and Joel) Perez of Archbold, Ohio; and , Nicholas Jaime (and Heather) Rodriguez of Fayette; six siblings, Marina (Wayland) Shell-Skeels of Shawnee, Kan., Yolanda (and Michael) Berg of Fort Wayne, Ind., Mercedes Rodriguez of Fayette, Catalina (and Kevin) Rupp of Columbia City, Ind., Michael (and Lisa) Rodriguez of Fayette, and Veronica Molina of Fayette; eight grandchildren, Julian, Elijah, Isaac, Zeb, Elliana, Jonas, Silas and Avalynne; numerous and nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visitation is planned at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette, concluding with a rosary and a time of welcomed sharing at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Stephen Stanbery at the church at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Private burial will take place in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian, Mich.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Fire Department.