Rodney F. Vasconcellos, 94, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach. A life celebration service and reception will be conducted April 20 at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Princess Anne Chapel & Crematory, 3445 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Rodney will eventually be interred with his wife, Phyllis, at North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Vasconcellos Kerbaugh; a son, Daniel Vasconcellos; stepdaughters, Cindy Staton and Lynn Maas; five grandsons; two granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harry and Muriel Vasconcellos; his siblings, Dorothy Vasconcellos Reese, Harry Maxwell Vasconcellos and Betty Sara Vasconcellos Robuck; his first wife, Phyllis Vasconcellos; his daughter, Diane Mae Vasconcellos Lind; and his second wife, Mazie Bye.
Rodney was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harry Wilber and Muriel Ethel Maxwell Vasconcellos on
June 14, 1924. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. He married Phyllis June Conrad of Lytton, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 1943, in Des Moines. He attended Drake University College of Pharmacy in 1943. He worked for Link Belt Speeder in Cedar Rapids and as a machinist at Gardner Denver in Denver, Colo. He was an avid outdoorsman, bowler and golfer and a highly regarded church member. Later in his life, on Oct. 3, 2009, in a private ceremony, he and Mazie Ann Fischer Bye committed themselves to each other for the rest of their lives.