Rodney was born to John and Ardelin Heard on December 17, 1964. He was the eighth of ten children born to this union. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sisters, Denise and Vickie.
Rodney confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School and attended Lindenwood University.
Rodney was united in Holy Matrimony to Melissa “Lisa” on May 18, 1996. To this union, six children were unified.
Rodney became a St. Louis firefighter on March 1, 1999 and loved to protect and serve his community. Throughout his life, he loved to help others. He was a devoted family man, always willing to lend a helping hand.
Rodney was soft-spoken with a laid-back demeanor and always greeted people with a smile. He had a gentle heart and special love for his grandchildren, teaching them about the responsibilities of being a fireman, long talks about being safe, and what to do if they were ever caught in a fire. Whenever possible, Rodney loved to dance and show off his moves. He was a great dancer and could really get down!
Rodney’s gentle soul was called home on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Rodney leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Melissa “Lisa”; six beloved children, Mark, Arriel (James), Dorion, Marissa (Anthony), Rodney Jr., and Roderic (Chaquanta); 29 grandchildren; four brothers, Johnny, Robert (Pamela), Shune, and Emmett; three sisters, Sharon (Roy), Olivia (Jessie), and Felicia; two godchildren, Traviona Terry and Leon Hays; special nephew, Dwayne Moore; and a host of extended family members, friends, and his firefighter family.