Thief River Falls - Rodney Stavenes, 60, Thief River Falls, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at Karlstad Nursing Home, Karlstad, surrounded by his loving family.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Ben Carlsen and Rev. Mark Helgeland officiating. Casket bearers include Ryan Horachek, Steve Stavenes, Austin Stavenes, Sarah Moose, Ishara Harmon, Kylee Barth and Ronald O’Brien. Honorary casket bearers include all of Rodney’s family and Lowell Stavenes and Roy Holthusen. Interment will follow at Our Saviors Cemetery, rural Grygla.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Rodney Dean Stavenes was born on March 11, 1953 in Greenbush, the second of five children born to Basil and Eunice (Haugtvedt) Stavenes. Rodney was raised on the family farm in Spruce Grove Township, Beltrami County. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, rural Grygla. Rodney attended the Grande School, Grygla School and graduated from Goodridge High School in 1971.
He was lovingly known as “Tune-a-Pipe” by his family and friends because of his love of loud and fast motor vehicles.
In addition to his work on the family farm, Rodney would catch turkeys and load them for processing. He then worked on the motor bench for Arctic Cat, bridge construction for Swingen Construction, hauled equipment for Nelson Implement, bridge construction for Eickhoff Construction, and his final job was at Northern Pride.
Recently, Rodney and his wife, Sandy, celebrated 30 wonderful years of marriage together.
Rodney enjoyed cooking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and driving around the countryside visiting. Rodney was a patient, kind-hearted man who was always ready to engage in conversation. He had a great love for children, especially his granddaughter, Isabella. Rodney always had time for the kids. Family was the most important thing in the world to Rodney, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and the Pennington County Sportsman’s Club.
Survivors include his loving wife, Sandy Stavenes; four children, Jason Stavenes, Loretta (Chad) Ledford, Perry (Megan) Stavenes and Juhl Stavenes, all of Thief River Falls; granddaughter, Isabella Ledford; siblings, Wayne (Geri) Stavenes, Joyce (Brad) Barth, Randy (Kathy) Stavenes, and Terry (Becky) Stavenes; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Eunice Stavenes.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.