Rodney ĎRodí T. Stilwell

Nov. 9, 1931 - Sept. 22, 2008

Rodney "Rod" T. Stilwell of Waukesha, died very unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 76. Rod was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Cameron, the son of Edward E. and Tunnie M. (nee Botts) Stilwell.

Rod married Barbara Stocks on Aug. 5, 1950. He worked for more than 40 years at A.M. Gigous & Sons as an operating engineer and was also actively involved with the Town of Waukesha Fire Department. Rod served the town of Waukesha on the fire department from 1968 to 1976, as fire chief from 1976 to 1986, as a town supervisor from 1989 to 1995, as town chairman from 1995 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2007.

Rod was very passionate and proud of his accomplishments while serving the town of Waukesha, calling it his "second" career. He was a member of the Fire Chiefís Association, Retired Fire Chiefís Association and First Baptist Church of Waukesha. His family was extremely important to him. He loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even going to his sonís and grandsonís drag races. Rod had a love for the outdoors, camping (he was a member of the Wagabonds Camping Club), deer hunting and animals. He also enjoyed antique collecting and was an accomplished wood worker, instilling that love in his son, Jeff.

Rod will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Barb of Waukesha; children, Karen (John) Marx of Racine, Craig (Marybeth) Stilwell of Waukesha, Kristy (Brett) Meyer of Waukesha and Jeffry (Sara) Stilwell of North Prairie; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Patricia) Stilwell of California; and sisters, Earlene (Burt) Pfeifer of Waukesha and Imogene Koebler of Maryland. Rod is additionally survived by nieces, nephews, other family, friends and his buddy, a big black cat named "Lucky."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Tunnie Stilwell; a sister, Yvonne Gigous; and brothers-in-law, Dean Gigous and Roger Koebler.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Sept. 25, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, with the Rev. Ron Kral officiating. A private family burial will take place.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rodneyís name are appreciated to Town of Waukesha Fire Department, W250-S3567 Center Road, town of Waukesha, WI 53189-7364, or to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53187.

The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Rodís doctors and the staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, fourth floor, for their compassion and care.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit