Graveside Services for Don Rodenbaugh will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Orleans Cemetery in Orleans, Nebraska. Military honors will be conducted by the Harold Morin American Legion Post #184 of Orleans in conjunction with the U.S. Navy Military Honors Team.
Don Rodenbaugh, age 90, of Marshfield, Missouri, formerly of Hartville and Grovespring, Missouri, and Orleans, Nebraska, passed away on June 7, 2018, at his daughter, Linda Rodenbaugh’s home, St Louis, Missouri.
Don was the fifth of seven living children born to Hugh Cephus Rodenbaugh and Mary Abba (Hall) Rodenbaugh on January 30, 1928, at Grandma Hall’s home South West of Long Island KS. He attended Innavale school with perfect attendance until his dad had an accident leaving Don to take care of the family during his Freshman year. Then at age 17, joined the Navy where he was a gunner on the USS Badoeng Straight and the USS Point Cruz, as well as a certified electrician. He served from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor which classified him as a World War II veteran.
He was a cowboy at heart with riding, shooting and quick draw being one of the many enjoyments of his life. Breaking horses is how he took his wife, Verla L. Randall, on one of their first dates and married her on December 2, 1946. They started their married life in a little apartment in San Diego, California, while he finished his tour in the Navy. From there they moved to South of Orleans, Nebraska, then to Nebraska City, and later to a farm North of Alma, and then moved to Orleans, Nebraska, where he ran a Mobil service station and he and Verla raised their children. In 1970’s Don and Verla made a life change and bought a ranch in Grovespring, Missouri, where they enjoyed many years raising cattle and life in the beautiful Ozarks. The last 5 years have been spent in Marshfield, Missouri.
Above all, Don was a family man and was very proud of his wife and children: Dan, Sandra, Linda, Janet, and Stanley; his 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. He spent countless hours working to provide a great home and life for his family. He spent many hours teaching his children to shoot, ride, hunt and so much more. The enjoyment he found in sharing a story with his grandchildren was a wonderful thing to watch and he had many stories he loved to tell.
He was a patriot and an active community supporter: Mayor of Orleans, volunteer firefighter, help organized a covered wagon trail ride across Nebraska for the centennial and throwing watermelon feeds
for Harlan County. Don was a well-known gunsmith and interstate welder. He designed and built many tools that made farm life easier, such as a calf puller and guns. He was also certified for AI’ing cattle.
Don received the citizenship award for the state of Nebraska recognizing all his continued community service.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying his plane, wood working, playing the violin, and enjoying life with his family and friends. He had many adventures in his life and one notable memory was cutting down a tree, aging the wood and carving and building a violin, which was played by a concert violinist.
Don may be the last of the true Americans. He was not a man with only one specialty, he could complete many jobs: engineering, ranching, veterinary, farming, politician, mentor to many and more and most importantly faith in his Savior, Jesus. Most friends would describe him as a man who told it like it was. His family consider him their hero.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Mary, two sisters, Ella and Opal and his two brothers, Raymond and Orin. He is survived by his wife, Verla, sons; Danny A. Rodenbaugh of Milan Tennessee and Stanley E. Rodenbaugh of Grovespring, Missouri and daughters; Sandra J. Nordick of Osawatomie, Kansas, Dr. Linda K. Rodenbaugh, St. Louis, Missouri, and Janet S. Eaton of Springfield Missouri; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Alta Mae Groshong and Edna Ferguson; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established in Don’s honor, and kindly suggested to the family for further designation.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma is in charge of the arrangements.