Rod K. Eller, at age 54, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 5, 2021 after a brief illness. He was born in Ohio to Harold K. and R. Kay (Graybill) Eller. His paternal grandparents were Adrian L. and Orpha (Wolf) Eller-Miller and Maternal grandparents were R. Kenneth Sr. and Addie (Huffman) Graybill.
He married Tina Kennedy in March of 2006 and has been a resident of Shipshewana, LaGrange, and Howe for over 50 years. He attended Shipshewana Scott Elementary, Westview Jr. & Sr. High School, and North Manchester High School, where he graduated in 1986. He was #64 on the North Manchester football team and played linebacker. Rod loved hunting various species from deer, wild boar, and bear. He was good at “Spicing up” recipes from years of cooking. Rod liked sharing knowledge on gun safety, target practicing, and hunting techniques. His first place of employment was at Lance’s Grocery Store as stocking and carryout. Rod’s last 29 years of employment was dedicated to Sturgis hospital in Sturgis, Mi where we worked in several departments ending in the pharmacy.
Along with his wife, Tina Eller, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda (David) Hays, step-sons; Timothy (Becky) Barth, and Thomas (T-Wrex Eller -the dog) Barth, Mother, R Kay Eller, siblings; Bryce (Deb) Eller, Judy Toy, Bill (Charlene) Eller, Penny (Jim) Railsback, Peggy (Mike) White, Grandchildren; Liam Hays, Logan Hays, Caiden Barth, Gracelynn Barth, Brayden Barth, nieces/nephews; Rhiannon, Adrian, Nicole, Andrea, Jeffrey, Cassie, Trevor, Ivy, Luke, David, Jacob, and Faith.
Rod was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, father-in-laws, Hubert Kennedy and Lonzo Miller, and brother-in-law, Larry Toy.
Many family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and community share the loss. His smile, kind heart, loyalty, work ethic, and family values will be missed.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 4:00pm with visitation prior from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 603 South Detroit Street, LaGrange, IN 46761.
Officiating the services will be Pastor Chris Garner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to The Erik Jones Foundation and or the National Rifle Association NRA.