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Rodney Jack Lenton, Sr.

Tue, Sep 18th, 2012
Posted in All Obituaries

Funeral services for Rodney J. Lenton, Sr. will be held at 1 pm Friday, September 21, 2012 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes’ Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to funeral services on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery Rochester.

Rodney passed away at his residence on Sunday, September 16, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 84. Rodney was born May 18, 1928 in Rochester, MN to Irene Lenton and his stepfather Richard Weiland. He graduated from Stewartville High School, then enlisted in the Navy and after his military service he worked a short time for Osco drug store as a purchasing agent, he then joined the facilities maintenance and building utilities department at Methodist hospital and worked there until his retirement. He was a longtime member and past President of the Rochester Eagles Lodge for over 50 years, serving on the degree team, and many other leadership roles including CEO of the Eagles Cancer Telethon, where he helped to raise over Thirteen million dollars for cancer research. He was also a member of the VFW and enjoyed spending time at his river cottage with family and friends. He married Patricia Aarsvold on November 25, 1956 in Winnebago County, IA. She died January 8, 1998.

He is survived by his three sons, Rory (Sherie) Lenton of Rochester, Randy Lenton of Rochester, and Wes (Pat) Lenton of Roseville; his sister, Judy (Ken) Salchow of Sartell, MN; twelve grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and one son, Rodney J. Lenton Jr., and his mother and stepfather, Irene & Richard Weiland.

Memorials in his memory appreciated to the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

Arrangements entrusted to Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 507-289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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