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Richard “”Deke” Rodden

Richard ""Deke" Rodden

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.

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  1. Val and Terri says:

    So sorry to read about Deke’s passing. We went to school and grew up together. Our sympathy to his family.

  2. Thomas Germann says:

    May God grant you peace and strength during this difficult time. Deke was in my math class my very first year at New Athen. From day 1 he wanted to be a truck driver. He will truly be missed.

  3. Cathie Raney says:

    Dear family, I am praying for you to have peace and comfort during this difficult time. Lori is my friend and we have been praying for Deke for a long time. May you be blessed with His Presence and support.

  4. Donald Burgo says:

    Sorry for your loss! I will miss our “late night”..”early morning”‘chats!..My family will always treasure his “unselfishness” at our mother’s services!..

  5. Donna Reuss says:

    So very sorry for your loss, he was a classmate of mine, prayers for his family.

    • Helen says:

      Sorry for the loss of Richard, he was a good friend. Condolences to Claire and the family.

      • Deborah (Petot) Meinhardt says:

        So sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies. Prayers for the family. He was a good friend and classmate.

  6. Wayne Ruhmann says:

    Condolences to Richards family. Went to high with him and worked with his stepdad. Richard was always a good
    Friend.

  7. Mark Stehl says:

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. 🙏🏻

  8. roger says:

    Sorry for your lose,He will surely be missed

    • Brenda says:

      So sorry for your loss , we will all miss Deke he touched a lot of people , always there to help everyone. Prayers for you and family.

  9. Sincere sympathy! Billy & LaDonna (Fritsche) Petri New Athens,IL

  10. Julie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet and funny man.

  11. Amber Melendez says:

    Papa and I are so sorry for your loss.

  12. Pam & Jim Hammel says:

    So sorry to read this. Went to school with him and he was a nice guy. My sympathy to his family

  13. Michele Houston Goodman says:

    My deepest sympathies to Richard’s entire family. I can remember him always having a sense of humor! May your memories give you comfort.

  14. Diane says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss sweet sister Claire. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Love you,

    Love always,
    Diane

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  1. I am so very sorry for your loss sweet sister Claire. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Love you,

    Love always,
    Diane

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  2. My deepest sympathies to Richard’s entire family. I can remember him always having a sense of humor! May your memories give you comfort.

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  3. So sorry to read this. Went to school with him and he was a nice guy. My sympathy to his family

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  4. Papa and I are so sorry for your loss.

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  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet and funny man.

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  6. Sincere sympathy! Billy & LaDonna (Fritsche) Petri New Athens,IL

    Reply
  7. Sorry for your lose,He will surely be missed

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    • So sorry for your loss , we will all miss Deke he touched a lot of people , always there to help everyone. Prayers for you and family.

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  8. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. 🙏🏻

    Reply
  9. Condolences to Richards family. Went to high with him and worked with his stepdad. Richard was always a good
    Friend.

    Reply
  10. So very sorry for your loss, he was a classmate of mine, prayers for his family.

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    • Sorry for the loss of Richard, he was a good friend. Condolences to Claire and the family.

      Reply
      • So sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies. Prayers for the family. He was a good friend and classmate.

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  11. Sorry for your loss! I will miss our “late night”..”early morning”‘chats!..My family will always treasure his “unselfishness” at our mother’s services!..

    Reply
  12. Dear family, I am praying for you to have peace and comfort during this difficult time. Lori is my friend and we have been praying for Deke for a long time. May you be blessed with His Presence and support.

    Reply
  13. May God grant you peace and strength during this difficult time. Deke was in my math class my very first year at New Athen. From day 1 he wanted to be a truck driver. He will truly be missed.

    Reply
  14. So sorry to read about Deke’s passing. We went to school and grew up together. Our sympathy to his family.

    Reply

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