Warren Clarence Rodning, age 80 of rural Nicollet, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at Norseland Lutheran Church with the Rev. Craig Ferkenstad officiating. Burial was at Norseland Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Warren Clarence Rodning was born on September 3, 1928 in St. Peter, the first born child of Clarence and Cora (Knutson) Rodning. He was baptized and confirmed in the Norseland Lutheran Church where he remained a member all his life. He graduated from Gaylord High School in 1946 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College.
On September 17, 1950, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Wise. He served two years in the United States Army from June 1954 to June 1956. In 1956 they moved to Marilyn’s ancestral home where they have resided for the past 53 years. Warren has been an active member of his community; serving on local school boards as well as being active in Farm Bureau and the Republican Party. He was elected to the Nicollet County board in 1978, serving 16 years. He was chosen to serve on a number of statewide boards and committees and served as president of the State Association of Counties in 1991. During his lifetime, Warren served his church as a Trustee, Deacon and Cemetery board member.
Warren was proud of his heritage. He loved God, his family, his friends, his community and his country.
He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 58 years, Marilyn; five children, Kenneth (Marcia) of Prior Lake and son Mike, a member of the US Air Force, Karen of Minneapolis, Kathy Cuthbertson of Phoenix AZ and daughter Angela, Daniel (Nancy) of Mahtomedi, and daughter Amanda, and Janet Lindstrom (Kyle) of Hudson WI and children Christine and Andrew; siblings, Harold (Louise), Corinne (Robert) Johnson, Dorothy Hughes, Dennis (Janet), Roger (Barb), Elizabeth (Robert) Darwin, Robert (Mary), Thomas, and Kristie (Bob) Scott; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Kenneth and a sister, Carolyn Rine.