Guy Hunter Rexrode, age 92, of Elkridge, Maryland, formerly of Arbovale, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018, at his residence in Marriottsville, Maryland.
Born September 2, 1926, in Arbovale, he was a son of the late Arlie Cecil and Media Alice Sponaugle Rexrode.
The world lost a great man, my Pop-Pop. He was more than just a grandfather to me. I grew up next door to him and my grandmother, Virginia. Thirty years as neighbors and eventually roommates allowed us to develop a very special bond. He cared for me and my mother during dark times. He helped raise me when my father died and made sure we had a home where he could watch over my mother and me. We have always been close, but our bond grew even deeper over the last five to six years as I became his full time caregiver when his body failed him. We made a comfortable home, where channel 13 was the favorite TV station, and he invited Eddie Paskor into the family, loving him like his own. Eddie cherished Pop-Pop and went above and beyond to help me give Pop-Pop the best possible care. Not to mention, Chef Eddie was his favorite!
My Pop-Pop was a stern man with few words, but really loosened up in his old age. He was a bit obsessed with mowing the lawn, enjoyed the occasional can of Bud Light and liked to crack jokes. West Virginia was always near and dear to his heart. It was his home place (as he called it), and he was there often when he was still driving. He sure loved the farm life and helped Arlene as much as he could. Pop-Pop loved to turn on the Orioles game, or Oreos as he called them, while having his can of Coke and slice of cheese pizza. When he wasn’t tinkering with something in the garage, you could find him sitting on the porch watching the cars go by while chatting with his favorite neighbor, Kurt. He was a WWII Veteran and a talented welder, working for Bethlehem Steel for more than 40 years. He could fix anything and knew more about the way the world works than anyone I knew. He was my rock, my hero, and my example of hard work and family. To say he will truly be missed is an understatement. Life will never really be the same. I pray he is celebrating upstairs with all our departed loved ones.
Cheers to my #1 Pop-Pop. Rest easy. I love you.
In addition to his parents, Guy was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Townsend Rexrode; two children, Ronald Rexrode and Debra Rexrode; siblings Icie Murphy, Creole Brubaker, Catherine Pugh, Irene Rexrode, Hubert Rexrode and George Rexrode.
He is survived by a son, Donald Rexrode; a granddaughter, Nicole Daniels, and husband, Eddie Paskor; a sister, Pearl Clarkson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held December 29 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Arbovale, with Pastor David Rittenhouse officiating. Interment was in Arbovale Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Marine Corp Color Guard and Pocahontas County Honor Corps.
Online condolences may be made at www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com