Post written by Dana Brown, Vice President of Sales at LPF High Performance Coatings

On Wednesday, December 21st 2011 we had the opportunity to say goodbye to a beloved co-worker and friend, Rodney Johnson.

Rodney will forever be considered part of the LPF family. He was with us for many, many years until his illness prevented him from doing so. During his time with us, we experienced his light-hearted sense of humor, quick wit and fun-loving personality.

He was the type of guy that just wouldn’t let you have a bad day. We all looked forward to the time of year when he would make home-canned salsa and take great pride in sharing it with everyone. When we would have picnics or functions that required food, Rodney had “assignments” as he was truly a talented cook.

The services were absolutely how one would have expected them to be. They focused on celebrating Rodney’s life and how he lived it. At one point during the services there was an opportunity for people to speak of their memories of Rodney…..and speak they did!

One person after another, not crying or upset, but upbeat… almost cheerful…shared their experiences of this man’s unique gifts. Some even almost chuckled under their breath as if sharing some inside joke that they shared with Rodney.

The services ended with full military honors for this ex-Navy Seabee, the bugle playing Taps, a 21-gun salute and the presentation of the flag… It was absolutely beautiful!

Personally, I feel blessed that our lives crossed paths.

Goodbye my friend…Until we meet again…