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Rodney Kent
1951 - 2017
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Obituary for Rodney Kent Born

Rodney Kent Born

Rodney Kent Born of Lewellen, NE passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
A celebration of Rod’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 12th in the Grace Lutheran Church in Lewellen led by Pastor Jeniffer Brand and Vonnie Brown officiating. There will be a luncheon at the church immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel to sign Rodney’s register book and drop off condolences for the family.
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Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Rodney’s care and funeral arrangements.
Rodney Kent Born was born July 13, 1951 in Sidney, to Donald & Velma (Swan) Born. He attended Sidney public schools and was active in Boy Scouts, band, track and Cross Country. He also worked at his dad’s gas station, Born’s Skelly in Sidney and began a family tradition selling fireworks each year with his dad. Rod graduated from Sidney High School in 1969 and attended Kearney State College (now known as University of Nebraska-Kearney).
Rodney resided in Sidney from 1971-2000. He raised two daughters Marcie and Lacy, with his first wife Roxanne. He worked at Rood’s Tire Center and Prestolite Wire. For many years, Rod was also an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Jaycees. Rod moved to Lewellen, NE in 2000 with his current wife Joy Speitz and resided there until his death.
Rod loved Joy, his children, and granddauter; he enjoyed spending time with them at Lake McConaughy, one of his favorite places. He seldom missed holidays and celebrations with his daughters, parents, sisters, nieces, many aunts, uncles, and cousins in his large family. His compassion for pets started at a young age; he chose his first pet Easter from Velma's Pet Shop in Scottsbluff whenhe was 11. He continued to be loving and giving to his pets throughout his life. Rodney was also an avid Husker and Bronco fan, he attended many home Husker games with his family. He was also able to enjoy his favorite music, Steve Miller Band, at Red Rocks with his daughter.
Rod's laugh and his calm demeanor truly set him apart. He was always listening and didn't need to say much, but when he was in the mood to talk, he was very passionate about his beliefs. He was a huge advocate and servant for Alcoholics Anonymous, and he loved his job driving the Garden County handi-bus. He was dedicated to and active in his church, Grace Lutheran. He would even give the sermon without hesitation. There is no doubt he will be greatly missed by his friends, in these communities.
Rodney passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Regional West Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh, NE, at the age of 66. Rod's journey on earth wasn't always easy. He was a very strong man and certainly persevered through his trials and overcame his struggles with the help of God, family, and friends. Upon his arrival to his true home, he was met by Jesus, angels, his parents Donald and Velma and sister Jane Born. He is celebrating, resting, and truly free.
Survivors include his wife Joy Speitz, of Lewellen, NE, daughters Marcie (Born) Warner and husband Sean of Arvada, CO, and Lacy (Born) Smay and husband Phil of Sidney, NE, granddaughter Kadyn Warner of Arvada, CO, sister Melanie (Born) Bell and husband Dave of Lincoln, NE, nieces Megan and Erin Bell of Lincoln, NE and numerous extended family members.
We are here only for a short time: to serve God and to look forward to our everlasting home in heaven. Rod certainly knew this and knew he was welcomed to heaven with "Well done, my good and faithful servant, it's time to rest in my presence."

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