Rodney Paul Sauerwein, Jr. 34, of New Athens, IL; born August 4, 1979 in Sparta, IL; passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at his home.
Rodney was a forklift driver with Mid Pallet in New Athens, IL. Rodney was a very loving father and husband and was kind hearted to everyone he knew. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and restoring cars in his spare time. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.
He is survived by his loving wife – Rachael, nee Blake, Sauerwein. His children – Alivia Sauerwein; Savanna Sauerwein; Katy Blake. His father – Rodney Sauerwein Sr. of New Athens, IL. His mother – Stacey, nee Friedman, Sauerwein of New York, NY. His sisters – Linda (Junior Rivero) Sauerwein; Brittany (Ryan) Beck; Shannon (Kurt) Daesch; Jessica Sauerwein. Father and Mother-in-law – Roger (Ronna) Blake of New Athens, IL. Sisters-in-law – Rebecca Blake; Renee (Phillip) Eckert. Brother-in-law – Roger Blake, JR. Grandparents – Eleanore Friedman of New York, NY; Glenn (Estelle) Sauerwein of Walsh, IL. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and on Friday, November, 15, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 1:00pm with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Rodney were all thinking of you and your family god bless!!
Posted by: Dave and Aaltje Close – Naples, FL – Cousin Nov 12, 2013
My brother was a great man we have all lost someone special I love you Rodney
Posted by: jessica – staten island, NY – sister ! Nov 13, 2013
Rest In Peace Rodney Paul. No more worries or pain. We will all miss you so much. This isn’t goodbye, it is so long until we meet again.
Posted by: Pam Hammel – Waterloo, IL Nov 13, 2013
So sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. I knew him through his friend Dennis Bielke Jr. my condolences to his family
Posted by: Jennifer Matusak Nov 13, 2013
If I had only known brother… The memories I will never forget having you as a neighbor, friend, and brother. Through all the time we spent together, I never thought it would end like this. I know in my heart we will have one more race together down some lonely back road, but it looks like you get to pick the spot this time. That flag will drop when my time has come, so pick some place good to leave all that rubber behind. God speed Hot Rod….
Love ya brother!
Posted by: Jason Lease – Canton, GA Nov 13, 2013
Rodney you will be missed, I know we weren’t close, but everything I remember you were always a good guy. I feel for your family & those that were closest to you & just pray that time will ease their pain. I know your in heaven kicking it with your cousin Joe Lawrence tell him I said hello. My deepest condolences go out to your family.
Posted by: Robert Votrain – New Athens, IL – Friend Nov 13, 2013
you will be missed
Posted by: Dustin Lybarger – New Athens, IL – friend andsupervisor Nov 13, 2013
To the Sauerwein family I am so sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing sending my condolences !
Posted by: Shana Dayton Mesch – lenzburg, IL – old friend Nov 13, 2013
Condolences from the mercado family . The first thing that came to my mind when I heard the bad news was his smile and how we used to have so much fun when we were younger. We use to have a blast making fun of uncle larry. You will be missed. Though sad for everyone cause you are gone you are in a better place.
Posted by: andrew mercado and family – davenport, FL – cousin Nov 13, 2013
You were and are a great man…you will be truly missed,prayers and hope to the family.May you R.I.P and always look over your loved ones,
Posted by: Misty Lang – Waterloo, IL – Dear friend Nov 13, 2013
Another of our family members have their wings. Rodney Paul, you will be missed so much and you were and are loved more than words can say. God be with this family. Such a sad thing to go through is the death of a loved one. God put your loving arms around them tightly and give the strength they certainly need at this time and in the future. Rodney Paul you were truly an amazing person…. Love you man. R.I.P.
Posted by: Louann Foster – Addieville, IL – Aunt Nov 13, 2013
I am so sorry to hear this Rodney Sr. God bless you and you remain in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by: Vanessa Broussard – Tilden, IL – Former coworker of Rodney Sr Nov 13, 2013
A good father and son will be missed greatly. May the Lord keep him and shine down upon his family at this time of need. Healing thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Posted by: Tody Hess – Lenzburg, IL – Friend/ coworker Nov 13, 2013
Brittany, Shannon, Rodney,
We are so sorry for your loss. Although we didn’t know Rodney Paul well he was always gracious when we saw him. May he rest in peace.
Dave & Lori Braswell
Posted by: Dave & Lori Braswell – Shiloh, IL – Brittany’s In -laws Nov 14, 2013
Prayers and sympathy..Sorry for your loss for Sauerwein
and Davis family.
Greg and Janice Evansco
Posted by: Greg and Janice Evansco – Belleville, IL – friend Nov 14, 2013
So many memories & good times we had growing up. It’s soooo hard to believe you’re gone. We will always have our great memories & you will always remain in our hearts. R.I.P. Rodney Paul Jr
Posted by: Gail – Brooklyn, NY Nov 15, 2013
Sundays was great when we was younger hot rod tv and Jackie’s Chinese or englishtown race events together you was my friend and my brother from another mother your my angel now please watch over me
Posted by: Eric Delorio – Brooklyn, NY – Great friend Nov 18, 2013
So sorry to read of the loss of your son. i hope all the kind words written by caring friends and family give you some good assurance of what he meant to people. God Bless you Rodney.
Posted by: Gary Barnes – Steeleville, AL – class mate of Dad, Rodney sr. Nov 21, 2013