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RITTMAN — H. Rodney Ferguson, 78, of Rittman, Ohio, died Tuesday, September 20, 2022, after a short illness at the Cleveland Clinic/Akron General Medical Center. Born on September 25, 1943 in East Liverpool, Ohio to the late Harold and Mary (Prince) Ferguson, Rod graduated from Wellsville High School in Ohio in 1961. dr Ferguson received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University in 1967. He also has an MS and a PhD. from Colorado State University. dr Ferguson taught, trained and mentored several generations of veterinary technicians, veterinary students and fellow veterinarians across the country. At the beginning of his career, Dr. Ferguson has held teaching positions at Colorado State University and Kansas State University as the director of small animal surgery. He was Diplomat Emeritus of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Rod envisioned building a multidisciplinary specialty pet hospital that embodied a philosophy that he believed would best serve both the veterinary community and the patients. His vision became a reality in 1995 when, together with his partners Dr. Jim Vogt and Dr. Larry Anson opened the Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. dr Ferguson ran the hospital with his vision and integrity and was one of the most respected surgeons in the country until his retirement in 2019. Angus cattle were deeply rooted in Rod’s roots. His dream of starting his own seed business came true when he founded Chippewa Valley Angus Farms with his wife Laurie in 1992. The initial genetics of his herd were influenced by cattle from his father Harold and sister Jan Lyons. Chippewa Valley Angus Farms was recognized as the 2014 Ohio Seed Stock Producer of the Year by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. He was a member of the American Angus Association, the Ohio Angus Association, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. As in veterinary medicine, his commitment was profound. In retirement, Rod enjoyed spending quality time with family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening, daily walks in the pastures with his shepherds, and travelling. Rod was also a lifelong Buckeye fan. In addition to his wife Laurie, three children survive, Tadd (Gisela) Ferguson, Brent (Elizabeth) Ferguson and Tenisha (Lutul) Farrow; 8 grandchildren, Liam, Rowan, Joaquin “iota”, Maya, Quinn, Andrew, Donovan and Jackson; 4 siblings, Janet (Frank) Lyons, Linda (Larry) Ensinger, Bill Ferguson, Mary (Mike Colvin) Ferguson; brother-in-law Chuck Webber, daughter-in-law Jennie Ferguson; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Douglass Ferguson (Jennie); sister, Paula Webber (Chuck); and sister-in-law Peggy Ferguson (Bill). There will be a celebration of life on Saturday 15 October 2022. For details email: [email protected] Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to: American College of Veterinary Surgeons Donation to Advance Surgical Care of All Animals www.acvs.org 19785 Crystal Rock Dr, Suite 305 Germantown, MD 20874 (Please note the donation is in memory of H Rodney Ferguson DVM, DAVCS) Ohio Angus Association – Youth Scholarship Fund In memory of H Rodney Ferguson C/O Dan Brunnen 12620 Westfall Rd. Frankfort, Ohio 45628 Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman is doing the preparations. Online registration and expressions of condolence can be made at www.gillmanfuneralhome.com

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