ASHLAND, Wis. - Roderick D. "Rod" Stockhaus, 75, of Ironwood, Mich ., died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland.
He was born Nov. 6, 1938, in Bessemer Township, Mich ., son of the late Harold and Olga (Mattila) Stockhaus, attended Central Grade School in Ironwood, and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1956.
He was employed at the A&P Store in Ironwood, American Motors in Kenosha, Foremost Foods in Appleton, and in sales at Roberts Broadcasting in Ironwood for a short time, retiring as an outreach worker for the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency. He also assisted local funeral directors and worked briefly for Coach Services.
Rod was an avid runner, having participated in 12 marathons and numerous local races over the years. He was particularly proud of his book, "Marvin and Me." He enjoyed traveling and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and autograph collector.
On May 8, 1965, he married Edith "Edie" Wainio at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Terri Lynn (Mark) Bluse, Hurley, and Karen Renee (Ted) Stevens, Ironwood; four grandchildren, Matthew Stevens (Mirranda), Davenport, Iowa, Cole Stevens, Ironwood and University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and Kyle and Kristopher Bluse, Hurley; a sister, Lois Olson, Port St. Lucie, Fla .; nieces and nephews, Judy (Mike) Leviton, Eden Prairie, Minn ., Kris (Ted) Hackenberg, Eagan, Minn ., Jim Rooni, Bloomington, Minn ., Deborah (Steve) Marvin, Malabar, Fla ., and Craig (Jodi) Olson, Miami; many cousins; and good friends, Ron Trethewey and Bill Johnson.
Besides his parents, Rod was preceded in death by a brother, Harold; sister, Lorraine Rooni; and brothers-in-law, Len Rooni and Warren Olson.
Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place.
Private graveside committal services and interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood, in the spring.
Arrangements are with McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, where condolences may be expressed online at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.