ALTAMONT — Rodney D. Middleton, 59, of rural Altamont passed away the morning of Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Freeman West in Joplin following a car accident in Labette County.
He was born on May 11, 1961, to Charles Lee and Helen Elaine (Livingston) Middleton in Newport Beach, California. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Southeast Kansas, where he grew up and attended school in Mound Valley and graduated from Labette County High School in 1979.
Following high school, Rodney earned an associate degree from Western Oklahoma State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2001 as a technical sergeant. In October 2001, he began working at Power Flame.
Rodney was an active member of Altamont Lodge No. 69 A.F. & A.M. and the Grand York Rite of Kansas. He held the position of Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of Kansas and an elected position in the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Kansas. He was serving as area deputy grand master of Area 10 for the Grand Lodge of Kansas and also belonged to the Mirza Shrine and various other Masonic organizations.
His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends. He especially loved his sweet little doggie, Princess. He enjoyed traveling and watching baseball, especially the Kansas City Royals. One thing any good friend knew about Rodney was how much he disliked green beans.
On May 24, 2015, Rodney and Linda Wright were united in marriage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Survivors include his wife, Linda of Claremore, Oklahoma; a son, Zachary Middleton of Tulsa; three stepdaughters, April Wright (Rhyon Ashley) of Euless, Texas, Brittany Wright and Tiffany Wright, both of Owasso, Oklahoma; his mother, Elaine Housley (Jerry) of Mound Valley; his father, Charles Middleton (Phyllis) of Parsons; a brother, Mark A. Middleton (Natasha) of Olathe; and a sister, Diane Davis (Doug) of Parsons.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kim Middleton Orr.
The service with Masonic rites will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons. Military honors will be presented by McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A graveside committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to Altamont Lodge No. 69 A.F. & A.M. and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.