Gouverneur – Rodney Wells McCracken, 67, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Gouverneur Hospital.
A celebration of life will be hosted by his family all day long, Saturday, January 18 at his home, 51 Sterling Street, Apt. 1 in Gouverneur.
A spring burial with military honors will be held at a later date in Hillside Cemetery, Antwerp with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Rodney was born May 16, 1946 in Gouverneur, the son of Charles Walter and Louise Maye Strate McCracken.
He attended Gouverneur schools and received his GED while serving in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 in Vietnam.
Rodney married Elaine D. Ward on October 23, 1968 at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert H. North officiating.
Rodney worked a variety of jobs including as a farmhand on several local farms. He also was a laborer at Fort Drum and at Farley Roofing and was a landscaper at Green Thumb before retiring due to his health in 2009.
He enjoyed trying his luck with lottery tickets and bingo, reading books, watching football, and playing with his babies, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rodney is survived by his companion, Jeanette “Polly” Mashaw; his children, Randy and Mildred Clifford of Syracuse, Kimberly Clifford of Massena, Cindy Cardinell of Richville, Gary and Carrie Clifford of Hailesboro, Jody and Julie Clifford of Canton; 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Harvey “Bud” Strate of Michigan, Jane Weber of North Carolina, Beth Marcellus of Oxbow, Randy McCracken of North Carolina, Katey Blodgett of Adams Center, Ted McCracken of Florida, David McCracken of Florida, Penny Watson of Gouverneur, Brent McCracken of North Carolina; many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his wife and parents.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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