Richard D. “Deke” Rodden, 68, of rural Lenzburg, IL, born January 1, 1954, in Du Quoin, IL, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday March 22, 2022. He was a longtime truck driver, an HVAC technician and a dedicated NASCAR superfan.
Mr. Rodden was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother – Robert and Helen (McQuaid) Schaller and his beloved Charlene (Nana) Rodden and a sister – Cathy Schaller Burgard.
Deke is survived by his loving wife – the former Claire Gunder – whom he married on January 13, 1995, in Belleville, IL, daughter – Elizabeth (Kyle) Arnold of Hammond, IN, stepson – Donald (Tonia) Center of Hebron, IN, brothers – Robert “Goub” Rodden of Janesville, WI and Jon Schaller of Edwardsville, IL, sister – Karen Ehret of Belleville, IL and great aunt Helen Glaus of New Athens, IL. He is also survived by grandchildren – Abigail Larson, Andrew Condes, Emma Arnold, Kylie Arnold, Nancy Arnold, Tamara Hall, Caitlin Hall, Savannah Hall, Gavin Hall and many more grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loving in-laws and a few out-laws.
Memorials may be made to the family.
A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday March 26, 2022, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL. Cremation will take place following the services.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.