KEWANEE, Ill. — Rodney R. Dorman, 65, of Kewanee, was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the scene of a semi and train collision in rural Galva, Ill.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at First Baptist Church in Kewanee. Pastors Max York and Marcus Throneburg will officiate. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. 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 Kewanee High School FFA, Hill Church, State Road Community Church and NAMI Tri-County Ill.
He was born Jan. 1, 1951, in Kewanee, the son of Stanley F. and Maxine (Rhodenbaugh) Dorman. He married Rebecca “Becky” M. Lentz on Nov. 29, 1975, in Peoria. His wife, of Kewanee, survives as do two daughters, Raylene and Rachael Dorman, both of Kewanee; a son, Rob (Kellye) Dorman, Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Stan Dorman, Arkansas, and Terry (Mary) Dorman, Ogema, Minn.; a sister, Cheryl (Bob) Faller, Vero Beach, Fla.; 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 (Ill.) High School in 1969 and received his applied science degree from Black Hawk College-East Campus 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 Ill., 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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