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“This is the time to be thinking of long ago memories...in that way I'll be thinking of Rod and wishing comfort to his family. Suzan McCarty ”
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“Having been in the same year and grade in attending Riley High School, I have carried many fond memories of a long ago friendship. Am saddened by...Read More »
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“Rodney was a great guy and a memorable classmate. I learned about grace from Rodney at an early age. He handle his life challenges with courage and...Read More »
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Rodney L. Sipe, 68, of South Bend, IN, died at 11:35 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2010 in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Rodney was born on October 22, 1941 in Hanover, PA and had lived in South Bend since he was a child. He retired in 2004 from Allstate Insurance Company, where he was employed as an insurance agent for 25 years. Survivors include his companion of 26 years, Peggy J. Henderson; two daughters, Tina (Chad) Lauer of North Manchester, IN and Colleen (David) Eaton of Charlotte, NC; one son, Matthew (Laurie) Sipe of South Bend, IN; five grandchildren, Kiley and Brady Eaton, and Kennidy, Connor, and Gracie Lauer; and three brothers, Larry (Barbara) Dreibelbeis, Barry (Ginger) Dreibelbeis, and Wayne (Sandy) Dreibelbeis all of South Bend, IN. He was preceded in death by his mother, Miriam Dreibelbeis. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2010 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park. Friends may call from 3 until 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Rodney was a 1960 graduate of Riley High School and attended Ball State University. He joined the Marines in 1963, and served in Vietnam from 1964-1965. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1966. Rodney was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also was a fan of NASCAR. Rodney had enjoyed golfing and fishing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN, 46637 or to the Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 61770 Miami Street, South Bend, IN, 46614.

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