Rodney W. Arquette

Sept. 19, 1927 - Dec. 31, 2011

Rodney W. Arquette of Waukesha, surrounded by his loving family, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 84. He was born in Ashland on Sept. 19, 1927, son of Charles and Mary Ellen (nee Pierce) Arquette.

Growing up on the family farm in Catawba, Rodney knew what it meant to be hardworking and dedicated to all areas of work. In 1944, Rodney joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. In 1948, he went on to join the U.S. Army and proudly served his country for more than 10 years. During that time he met his sweetheart, Helen F. Menning, and they were married March 17, 1950, in Kennan. Following his service in the military, they settled in Waukesha, where Rodney worked in many different areas of employment. Rodney, at the age of 44 respectfully, went back to school at WCTI and with high honors received a degree in accounting. Rodney was passionate about his work in accounting and to many was well-known as the "tax man." He was an active member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wales, where he volunteered transporting food to the food pantry for more than 15 years. Rodney was a sports fan, especially of the Packers and Cubs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing his home-grown veggies from his garden with everybody he knew. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Rodney will always be remembered for his quirky laugh as he shared one of his many jokes.

Rodney will be sadly missed by his wife of 61 years, Helen; his children, Jeanette (Gary) Darrah, Dennis (Kathleen) Arquette and Karen (Larry) Pochinski; grandchildren, Kelly (Kevin), April (Don), Tim (Amy), Kristine (Scott), Christopher (Christine), Amanda (Colin), Katie (Frank) and Amber (Mario); and great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Nicholas, Natalie, Harrison, Brian, Aaiden, Jaxston, Elena, Benjamin and David. Rodney is further survived by many nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Erick; two brothers, Clarence and Alvin; two sisters, Eva and Alice; his dear niece, Barbara; and a nephew, Jonathan.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Saturday, Jan. 7, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 470 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The Rev. Allen Behnke will be officiating. Burial with military honors will immediately follow the service at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

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

With great pride for his country, Rodney is quoted as saying, "Lest we forget."