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Rodney Mathew Rognholt, 85, of Cottonwood, AZ passed away on October 11, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born on December 7, 1932 in Mondovi, Wisconsin to parents Clarence and Clara (Hoff) Rognholt.

He graduated from Boyceville (Wisconsin) High School in 1951. He married Bonnie (Rice) on July 29, 1955. They were married for 58 years until Bonnie’s death in 2013. To this union four sons were born; Steven (deceased); Donald of Avondale, AZ; Mitchell (Nancy) of Lindstrom MN; and Brian of Phoenix, AZ.

Rodney served during the Korean War and later worked for Swift & Company for many years in South St. Paul, MN, Stockton, CA and Phoenix, AZ. He later operated Rod’s Lunchwagons where he built his own business and operated four catering trucks in Mesa and Phoenix, AZ.

Upon retirement, Rodney and Bonnie traveled throughout the U.S. as full time RVers. After 15 years they settled in Cottonwood, AZ where they were members of Faith Lutheran Church. Rodney was also a member of VFW Post 7400 and American Legion in Cottonwood.

Rodney was preceded in death by Bonnie, his wife of 58 years, his parents, son Steven, brothers: James, Harold, Harland, Conrad, Lyman; sisters: Harriette Mueller, Cleo Rognholt, Lucille LeBarre, Mildred Martell, Norma Hillstead, and Joanne Pittman. He is survived by his sons Donald, Mitchell (Nancy) and Brian; grandsons Thomas, Matthew, Luke and Alex; granddaughters Amy and Kathryn (Tom); sister Lyla Marlett, sister-in-law Rose Rognholt, brother-in-law Bill (Carol) Rice, companion Gwen Taylor and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held on October 29 at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek, AZ at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

A memorial service will also be held November 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Wilson Lutheran Church, 401 310th St, Wilson, WI 54027, with a luncheon to follow the service.

The family requests no flowers please; memorial donations in his name can be made to Cottonwood VFW or American Legion.

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