Rodney J. Liepold, age 85, of Cokato, went to his heavenly home Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, after a courageous battle against cancer.
Rodney John Liepold was born in Heron Lake, MN, April 9, 1935, to Al and Florence (Nemmers) Liepold. He attended county school in District 44 for two years, parochial school for six years, and graduated from Heron Lake High School in 1954.
Rod served our country in the US Army starting in 1955 as a tank driver, and was discharged in 1957, spending 18 months in Germany.
He married his beautiful bride, Theresa Heutinck, in 1967. They farmed in Heron Lake for several years, until moving to a hobby farm in Cokato in 1974.
Rod was employed at Rickwell Furniture in Cokato, Lester Building Systems of Lester Prairie, and retired from Dura Supreme in Howard Lake, in 1998.
Rod enjoyed hunting, fishing, spearing, gardening, old hot rods, woodworking, and loved his man’s best friend, Katie. Our fondest memories of him are an Alaskan fishing trip he took with his sons, elk hunting in Colorado with his brother, a family trip to Europe, camping trips with the family, and teaching his children how to farm, garden, raise animals, and ride horses and 3-wheelers.
He will be remembered as a faithful Christian, a fighter who didn’t give up, a humble man, his hard work ethic, and most of all his unconditional love for his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Rod was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters of Winsted, American Legion 209 of Cokato, and St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin.
Survivors include his wife, Theresa; four children, John Liepold of Dassel, Alan (Lara) Liepold of Hutchinson, Lori (Mark) Bruns of Utah, and Lisa Bohnsack of Jordan; six grandchildren, Kody (Mollie), Hannah, Brooke, Tyler, Lukas, and Bryce; sister, Marilyn Bush; and brother, Don (Mary) Liepold.
He was preceeded in death by his parents.
Visitation took place at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service with military honors took place at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to services at church.
Casket bearers were Steve Liepold, Mike Liepold, Mat Wozniak, Scott Wozniak, Brian Pelzel, and Steve Householder.
The Liepold family would like to thank their family, friends, and Rod’s caregivers and hospice team for their love, support, and prayers.