Rodney R. Strayer

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Funeral services for Rodney R. Strayer, 58, of Hot Springs, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Estherville. Rev. Lynn Elrod will officiate the service.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.

9 am until time of service at 11 am Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Estherville.

Interment will take place at East Lawn Cemetery in Algona.

Rodney R. Strayer, 58, of rural Hot Springs, died on Sunday, April 24, 2011, while camping in his beloved Black Hills of South Dakota.

Rod was born on May 31, 1952, in Buffalo Center, Ia., to Russell and Virginia (Verdoes) Strayer. He grew up on the family farm near Ceylon, Minnesota, and graduated from Ceylon High School in 1970. After graduation he was employed at a feed lot in Sutherland, Ia., and eventually moved to Hurley, S.D., where he managed a cattle feedlot. In the late 1980's he moved for a short time to Garden City, Kansas and then to Nebraska, before settling in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Hot Springs.

While living in the Hot Springs area, Rod was employed at a feedlot, managed the Super 8, was assistant manager of a grocery store and worked at the Taco Johns. He also worked at some of the Deadwood casinos and held various other jobs. Rod was just starting to get involved in more food catering at the urging of his friends.

Rod enjoyed cooking, camping, horseback riding and spending time with his friends.

Survivors include three nephews: Todd Bailey and his wife, Colleen, Gayville, S.D., Joel Bailey and his friend, Dean Hirner, of Dallas, Texas, and Aaron Bailey and his wife, Ashley, of Holt, Mo.; a great-nephew, Parker Bailey; a great-niece, Keagan Bailey and an exchange student great niece, Juliane Balk; aunts and uncles: Arnie and Donna Jobes, Boise, Idaho, Terry and Marjorie "Mag" Baldwin, Muscatine, Ia., George and Judy Lange, Lorimore, Ia., Jim and Vivian Strayer, Sanborn, Ia. and Don Stone, Arthur, Ia.; a great uncle and aunt, Ernest and Sandra Verdoes, Freemont, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Richard Bailey, Spencer, Ia.; and his faithful companion, Smokey, the Blue Healer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Kandi Bailey in 1999.