Rodney Herbert WeilerRodney H. Weiler, 81, of Esko, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Essentia Health Care in Duluth.
Rodney Herbert Weiler
1932 – 2013
Rodney H. Weiler, 81, of Esko, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Essentia Health Care in Duluth.
He was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Duluth, MN to Herbert and Ruth (Halvorson) Weiler. Rod served as an engineer in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954; and was united in marriage to Annie Lindquist on Oct. 9, 1954, in Proctor. He worked numerous occupations including a fireman on the D.M.I.R. Railroad, truck driver for International Teamsters Union 346, farmer, and custodian and lawn caretaker for the Esko town hall and park. Rod loved raising his Angus cattle, taking sauna, refurbishing John Deere tractors, and taking care of his large garden. He volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels, and helped numerous neighbors and other farmers with his knowledge and was a self-taught veterinarian. Rod was also a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church where he also volunteered numerous hours for church projects, dinners and other events.
Rod was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William; two sisters, Lorraine Good and Joyce Bowman; and one granddaughter, April Schmitz. He is survived by his wife, Annie; son, Rick (Julie) Weiler; daughters, Rhonda Weiler, Rita (Bill) Ames, and Roxane (Craig) Schmitz; one brother, Floyd (Ardis) Weiler; four grandchildren, Kristen, Travis, Lucas and Adam; three great-grandchildren, Steven, Jacob and Katie; two step-great-granddaughters, Paiyzli and Prezyli; one expected great-grandson, Sawyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. The visitation will resume on Friday, April 12, 2013, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Esko, followed with Military Honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A luncheon will follow in the church family center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net