Rodney O’Dell Thrasher of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of East Falmouth, died August 22 at St. Vincent’s Hospital Riverside in Jacksonville. Mr. Thrasher, 78, was preceded in death eight days earlier by his wife, Linda J. (Parnell) Thrasher.
The son of Oscar and Ruth Thrasher, he grew up in Oklahoma and Colorado.
Mr. Thrasher joined the US Navy in 1959 and married Linda Parnell of Jacksonville in 1961.
He served four years in the US Navy and 26 years in the US Coast Guard. He was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida; in Los Angeles and San Diego, California; on Cape Cod; and in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He rose through the enlisted ranks and received his commission as a chief warrant officer in 1980.
After he retired from the military in 1989, Mr. Thrasher pursued his interests in computers by returning to school to earn his associate’s degree at Cape Cod Community College. He used this knowledge in a part-time position for the Town of Mashpee, working with the director of information technologies to provide support for computers, printers, modems, software licensing, and maintenance.
As a Freemason, Mr. Thrasher belonged to the Marine Lodge AF&AM in Falmouth. He served as Master of the lodge in 1988 and as secretary from 1993-2003. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Massachusetts, serving as Worthy Patron alongside his wife for the Falmouth chapter.
The couple returned to Jacksonville in 2003 for their retirement years.
He leaves three children, Karen Boyer, Cindi Hanley and James Thrasher; a sister, Dorthy Cooper of Pace, Florida; four grandchildren, Thomas James Thrasher, Nora Hanley, Kaleb Thrasher and Jaxxon Thrasher; and other family.
In addition to his wife of 57 years, he was preceded in death by their daughter Joyce Thrasher in 1977.
Visitation for Rodney and Linda Thrasher will be September 8, from 6 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.
A memorial service for the couple is planned for Monday, September 9, at noon at the funeral home.
A private graveside service will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.