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David Eli Rode
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • Posted March 11, 2009

David Rode of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at the age of 83.

He was born May 21, 1925, to Regu Albert Emil Peter Rode and Ida Marie Dettmar Rode in Cherry Spring, Texas. He was one of nine children. David was baptized on July 5, 1925, at Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. He was confirmed on November 6, 1938, at Christ Lutheran Church in Cherry Spring.

He married Opal Schmidt on November 11, 1950, at St Paul Lutheran Church in Mason and they had one son. David worked for the Highway Department for 38 years. He loved music and was a member of the Men’s Choir at St Paul as well as the Men’s Community Choir for many years. He also enjoyed woodworking and making gun stocks. He farmed and ranched, raising cattle and keeping bees.

David is survived by his wife, Opal Rode of Mason; his son, Michael Rode and wife Adotia of Castell; two brothers: Leroy Rode and wife Margaret of Castell and Andrew Rode and wife Theresa of Cherry Spring; six sisters: Helen Hoffmann and husband Carroll of Geronimo, Emeline Stubblefield of Fredericksburg, Rosalind Neuman and husband Roy of Crawford, Marion Stewart of McGregor, Irene Merz and husband Tracy of Cherry Spring and Idabelle Erickson of Prairieville, Louisiana. He is also survived by three granddaughters: Charlotte, Skye and Audra Rode, all of Castell.

Funeral services for David Rode were held on Friday, March 6, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church in Mason with Pastor Tim Scheffel officiating. Interment followed at Gooch Cemetery. Greg Lange, Mark Kunkel, Teddy Ray Doyle, John Mayfield, Ronnie Zesch and Brad Holt served as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.masonfuneralhome.net. Arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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