Rodney A. Gertner

Rodney A. Gertner

Rodney A. GertnerRodney A. Gertner age 86 of Walnut Grove passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Our House of Murray County Hospice House in Slayton.  Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 29 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Gove.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the North Hero Township Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rodney A. Gertner was born December 4, 1930 to Gustav and Anna Gertner in Rosehill Township south of Westbrook.  He graduated from Westbrook High School in 1948 and later graduated from Minneapolis School of Business.  Rodney worked at the Westbrook Bank for three years.  Later he entered into the US Army during the Korean War where he served in the Medical Corps for two years. He returned to Walnut Grove and worked at Citizens State Bank where he worked for 40 years.  On July 11, 1955 Rodney married Janice Hubert at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lamberton.  He was a member of the Lions Club, Walnut Grove American Legion, and the Walnut Grove Ambulance and Fire Department.  Rodney enjoyed playing softball and watching Minnesota sports teams, especially baseball.  He loved horses and going to horse shows, bowling, fishing and traveling all over the world.

Rodney is survived by his wife Janice of 62 years; children: Randy Gertner of Alexandria, Craig Gertner of Walnut Grove and Mona Gertner of Euless, TX; grandchildren: Shaun Gertner (fiancé Leah Anderson), Lee Gertner and Amy Majeres; great-grandchildren: Brendon, Logan, Makenzie and Connor; siblings: Darwin (Dorothy) Gertner of St. Peter, Elroy (Dot) Gertner of Iowa, Arlo (Karyl) Gertner of Westbrook, Mardella (Bob) Olson of Dovray, Corlys (Bob) Knudson of Marshall and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Willis Gertner.

8 thoughts on “Rodney A. Gertner”

  1. Carol (Moody) Dequine

    Dear Janice,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Even though I’m one of your first cousins, I didn’t really get to know you or your family.
    I do remember being at your wedding though, in 1955. My Dad, Everett Moody, and my Mom and brother were visiting family in Minnesota from California. I remember it being a very warm day, but was very impressed with your wedding.
    I kept a napkin from your wedding for many years that said “Janice and Rodney”.
    I wish I could have been able to get more acquainted with my Dad’s side of the family, but living in California was a long way from Minnesota, so I only saw you on visits in the summer.
    Please know that my family and I are praying for God’s comfort for you and your family.
    Sincerely, Carol (Moody) Dequine

  2. Sincerest condolences on uncle Rodney’s passing. I wish I could be there and share a hug. He was always so much fun and happy to see you and visit. Love you, Dawn

  3. What a loss to his friends, family & community.

    As a member of the Tracy Lions Club (Rodney & the Walnut Grove Lions had a big part in helping our Club get started), I’d see Rodney at out District conventions & when he saw someone he knew, his face would light up in a smile that would warm the heart of an Alabama hanging judge. He was a pleasure to talk to & a great guy.

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