Rodney R. Dorman

Dorman, Rodney obit 4-28-16

Kewanee – Rodney R. Dorman, 65, of Kewanee, Illinois, was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the scene of a semi and train collision that had occurred in rural Galva.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee.  Pastors Max York and Marcus Throneburg officiated. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee High School FFA, Hill Church, State Road Community Church and NAMI Tri-County IL.

He was born January 1, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of Stanley F. and Maxine (Rhodenbaugh) Dorman.  He married Rebecca “Becky” M. Lentz on November 29, 1975 in Peoria.  She survives, of Kewanee, as do two daughters, Raylene and Rachael Dorman, both of Kewanee; a son, Rob (Kellye) Dorman of Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers, Stan Dorman of Arkansas and Terry (Mary) Dorman of Ogema, Minnesota, a sister, Cheryl (Bob) Faller of Vero Beach, Florida; a grandson, Hudson; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Rodney served as a special father figure to Jessie (Lacy) Stone and their children, Talan and Olivia.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Tadd, in infancy.  

Rodney graduated from Toulon High School in 1969 and received his applied science degree from Black Hawk East in 1972.  He served his country in the Air National Guard.  He was a farmer and owner and operator of Dorman Trucking.  Rodney served his community over the years as a member of Rotary, the Henry County Farm Bureau, NAMI Tri-County IL and coordinated several Hog Days parade floats for the Mothers of Twins Club. His Christian service has included working as a youth group sponsor, “Awana volunteer”, Deacon, church camp counselor (kids called him Tarzan), God’s van driver, church bus driver, and a semi driver whenever needed for the Lord’s work. Most of all, Rod enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the farm, traveling to visit relatives and playing with his grandson.

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