Rodney J. Andrus
Rodney J. Andrus passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the age of 83.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children Craig Andrus of Mesquite, Texas, Jeff (Celia) Andrus of Waxahachie, Texas, Cathy (Greg) Harper of East Troy, James (Lisa) Andrus of Franklin and Chad (Kristi) Andrus of Aurora, Colo.; grandfather of Tricia (Danny) Sabrsula, Brett, Jacob, Austin, Oscar, Gigi and Margaux; great-grandfather of Stanley; brother of Ralph (Donna) Andrus, Ronald (Paige) Andrus, and Gloria (David) Nazari; and brother-in-law of Patricia Andrus. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Andrus and his parents, Robert and Martha Andrus.
He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Rodney was the 1950 Wisconsin Little Ten Football Player of the Year and a 1951 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He played for the University of Wisconsin Badger football team prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army.
He was a volunteer for the Oconomowoc Fire Department and spent many hours organizing and working at many local festivals. Rodney was an avid sports fan with a lifelong commitment to organized sports including playing, coaching, managing and refereeing softball, basketball and football. Rodney was known as the true “sports trivia” expert amongst his circle of family and friends.
Rod and Pat lived and raised four of their children in Oconomowoc until 1980 when they moved to Texas with their youngest son, Chad. They lived, worked and established many new friendships there for 33 years before making their way back to Wisconsin in 2013. As football was his true passion, Rodney also enjoyed reading, all types of puzzles and getting in his one hour of exercise daily on his stationary bike. Inspired by nature and his beautiful surroundings, he took pleasure in whittling, painting flower pots and gardening on his deck. He enjoyed listening to and watching the rafter of turkeys strut through the yard and he never grew tired of counting the number of ducks on the pond.
Services were held on Tuesday,, October 11, at Zion Episcopal Church, 135 Rockwell St., Oconomowoc. Visitation was held from 12 PM until the time of the memorial service at 1:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Zion Episcopal Church or the Oconomowoc Youth Football Organization would be appreciated.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.