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Roland "Rod" W. Secoy, MM 87, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017, in his home. He was born June 11, 1929, in Belvidere, IL; the son of William and Eve (Peters) Secoy. Rod was a graduate of East High School. He later served in the United States Army AirForce where he was a Pilot in Orlèans, France. Rod was employed with ComEd for 41 years. As a saxophone player, he was fortunate to play for both of President Nixon's inaugural balls, and with the Dave Remmington Band. He was a Shriner and part of the Tebala Air Squadron, County Board Member, Deputy Sherriff and Commissioner, member of the Pine Tree Pistol Club, Kepotah Gun Club, Korean War Veterans Chapter 272, The Quiet Birdman; additionally, he was a chaplain for the American Legion Post 60.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Rockford; daughter, Chris Secoy of Rockford; step-children, Carrie (Eric) Bleed, and Brian (Kris) Theisen; grandchild, Britney Secoy; and step-grandchildren, Whitney (Bryce) Clendening, Patrick and Samuel Theisen. Predeceased by his son, David Secoy.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St. Rockford, with Pastor Robert Bailey officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Charitable contributions to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.

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  1. Tom and Jane whitaker

    Sharon, thinking of you and your family. May God keep you in his care.

  2. Raj M. Singh

    Truly a wonderful man and great friend. I'm sorry for your loss Sharon. He will be missed...

  3. Martha Andreen Brogren and Deanna Neuberg

    Sincerest condolences to Rod's family. We remember Rod as a gifted musician, kind person, and fun to be around! He certainly will be missed. Martha and Deanna and Family

  4. Michele Macdonald Gendron, Mary and Bruce Macdonald

    Sharon and Family - We were so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. He was just a dear friend of Dads, and his concern for me while I had cancer was very touching. Words cannot express the sense of your loss; may the cherished memories see you thru. The Macdonald Family

  5. Valeri DeCastris

    I am (jazz musician) Val Eddy's daughter and Dad always spoke fondly of Rod. I believe they did some business (insurance or investments if I recall) together in addition to sharing their music. I recall Dad speaking of him many times. Dad's been gone 2.5 years now and played a few tunes with Mike Alongi a month before he died when Mike showed up at Dad's assisted living home. These guys loved their music! I am sorry to hear that you lost Rod too. I am glad that I was able to meet him when I moved back to Rockford. My deepest condolences to you and the family. Sorry I can't be there on Saturday. Blessings to you all and may he rest in peace.

  6. Jim and Marci Theisen

    So very sorry for your loss! Keeping you and your family in our prayers! May God wrap His arms around you in this time of loss and forever!

  7. Julie (Pollare) and Brian McIntyre

    Sharon, Carrie and family. Our heart is heavy for your loss. We are so sorry. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Hoping you can soon be at peace knowing he is no longer suffering.

  8. Ken & Carolyn Servais

    What can you say about a man who took the Servais family by storm and became an integral part of it in every way. We always looked forward to seeing him at family gatherings and enjoyed his stories and his big smile. He had a hug for everybody or a handshake. He truly was a member of the clan. We is sure gonna miss him sorely! Love you Rod.


    Lots of love and prayers have been coming your way - we hope you have felt them! They will continue as well, so know that you are loved and supported by many people you don't even know! Isn't it a comfort to know that God enfolds us all in his loving arms, always has and always will! Blessings

  10. Denell Dahms

    Sorry for your loss Chris. Hold onto the memories, they last forever. Thoughts and prayers to all the family during this difficult time.

  11. Michele Macdonald-Gendron, Mary & Bruce Macdonald

    Sharon & Family - We are so very sorry for Rod's passing. He was such a good friend to my parents, and his concern about my well-being when I had cancer was very touching. Words can never lessen the hole which is left in your life, but please cherish all the wonderful memories. The Macdonald Family

  12. Ken Theisen

    Sorry for your lose Sharon. You have me in my prayers.

  13. Shelley Theisen Landgraff

    Sorry Sharon for your loss. Take care of yourself. God bless you and Carrie and Brian see you in May. Hugs to you all

  14. Pat Holmes

    Sharon so sorry to hear about Rod. Shed and I will keep you in our thoughts.

  15. Marci and Jim Theisen

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying that God will wrap his arms around you and the family during this time and always. In our prayers!

  16. Pat Holmes

    Sharon I'm so sorry for your loss. Shed and I will keep you in our thoughts.

  17. Nancy Auman

    Dear family of Rod Secoy. I am sorry for the loss of this gently, kind man. I know many memories will linger while you travel through this difficult time. He would want his life celebrated with a bit of laughter, too. You are in our hearts. Sending light and love, Nan and John

  18. Liz mcvarrie from Scotland

    Sorry for your loss Sharon thinking of you at this sad time Rip Rod xx

  19. Don and Kathy Olthof

    So sorry Sharon that you have lost Rod. Praying for you and the family. My small group from Church prayed for you Monday night at our regular meeting.

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