Some of Rod’s best memories were of supporting the Sweet Home High School Huskies during his kids’ sporting events, spending time with his beloved in-laws, Millard and Mabel Sisemore, and serving as a deacon at Sweet Home First Baptist Church. Rod grew to love the Lord Jesus Christ with all his heart and loved to share his relationship with Christ with his friends and strangers.
After his three children grew up and left home, Rod and Marsha moved to Salem where he spent about five years working for a new Lowe’s Home Improvement store. He then went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation until retirement. Despite his health conditions, he still enjoyed hunting and fishing (or even more… telling a good hunting or fishing story). He enjoyed stirring a good backyard fire, driving with Marsha and helping her as co-pilot and navigator, woodworking, and spending time with his dog, Teddy. However, his greatest joy was being a grandfather and spending time with his grandkids.
Rod is survived by his wife, Marsha Kay (Sisemore) Dlouhy; daughter Melissa McNabb and grandchildren Daniel and Sarah McNabb; son Rodney J. Dlouhy, II (Evie) and grandchildren Samantha and “Buddy” (Rodney, III); youngest daughter Donelle (Steve) and granddaughter Gabi Chen; sisters Roseanne Taylor, Dona McLemore, and Linda Phillips; mother-in-law Mabel Sisemore;and sister-in-law Marlene (Gino Cortopassi) Sisemore.
Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Gloria Dlouhy; brother Steve; twin-sister Marsha; father-in-law Millard; and his companion dog, Teddy.
A celebration of life is planned for April 28, 2018 at the Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Viewing will be held from 10:00–11:00 a.m., with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service, a graveside memorial with military honors will be held at Gilliland Cemetery in Sweet Home, Oregon. Reception to follow and location will be announced at the conclusion of the service.
Donations or contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donations can be made online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or by phone 877.832.6997 or by writing to Wounded Warrior Project; PO Box 758517; Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.