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Rodney A. Cole

Rodney A. Cole

June 2, 2017

Rodney Allen “Rocky” Cole, age 64, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Bloomer after complications from a stroke.

Rodney was born on January 1, 1953, to James and Luella (Kiesow) Cole. He was the first baby born in Madison in the New Year.

Rodney graduated from Oregon High School in 1971. In 1980 Rodney married Ellen Smith, and together they brought a son and daughter (Tristan and Julia) into the world before divorcing. Rodney worked at Oscar Mayer for over 30 years and was a dedicated union steward. After retiring, he headed to Bloomer and planted his roots in the beloved birthplace of his grandparents. Rodney was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, and sharing his passion for these activities with others so much so that he was referred to as the “Old Guide.” He enjoyed estate sales and garage sales as he got a thrill out of collecting goodies for himself and others. He will be remembered as a man who stuck to his guns, was not afraid to speak his mind, and as an amazing friend to so many. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Rodney is survived by his children; Tristan and Julia Cole, and his sister. Rodney is preceded in death by his parents.

Private service and burial will be held.

Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, Bloomer is assisting the family. To leave online condolences please visit www.thompsonfuneralhome.com.

“It’s not dying that a man should fear, but a man should fear never having lived at all.”


  • Dave and Diane Gmeinder Please accept our condolences. Rodney was a true friend that will be missed!

    June 9 at 12:00am

  • Jeannine Hanson My condolences to all of you as you say goodbye to Rodney. I had the great pleasure to see him again when our class met at a local restaurant last October to celebrate a 40-something class reunion. He was in rare form then, and is destined to hunt and fish wherever God sends him next.
    I shall always remember his lively spirit. He will be missed.

    June 8 at 12:53pm

  • Dale Frank I thought that we would have a few more years with you, Rod. That was not to be, my friend. RIP

    June 7 at 7:24pm

  • Jacob and Debbie Brown Condolences to the Cole family. Heze

    June 6 at 9:38PM

  • Lucius Woodson My condolences go out to the family,Rodney was a great man and I learned a lot from him .Rest in peace big guy!

    June 6 at 5:58PM

  • Patti Gullickson So sorry to hear of Rodney's passing, really enjoy discussing Union/Company policies with Rodney. I learned many things over the years from Rodney when I worked at Oscar Mayer.
    He was a good guy. I sure hope he can still enjoy the great outdoors!

    June 6 at 5:52PM

  • Anthony ( Tony ) Grignano After my retirement in in 2012. I had thought of Rodney on several occasions wondering how he was doing. I am sorry to hear about his passing. He was always fun and a challenge to work with. My condolences to the family.

    June 6 at 4:03PM

  • Jim Rogeberg Very sad to hear the news of Rod passing away. He was a great guy, hard-working, and always cared for the working class people. Rest in peace Rod. pydy

    June 6 at 3:39PM

  • Lisa Lord My deepest condolences to family. I was new union steward and he help me. Very nice man .
    Smiles and couldn't wait for his vacation to up north.

    June 6 at 2:43PM

  • Ken Reaves You were a great guy, a friend to everyone, will be missed by all. Thanks for a lot of good memories! I am sad today but rejoice in having known you. Ken

    June 6 at 10:57AM

  • Amanda Kay Steffen Thank you Rodney for being kind to grandma cole. Forever hunting and fishing.

    June 6 at 7:06AM

  • Wade Davis I am very saddened by this. He was such a great man. He had a heart of gold and was always so full of energy. He use to come to the local establishment I worked because I was his favorite waiter. We would sit and talk fishing till we where blue in the faces. I recently ran into him at the corner store and me and my son where heading out fishing. We where looking at bobbers and he told me to put them back and he went out to his truck and grabbed a bag full of tackle and handed it to my 4 year old son. His eyes lit up and could not believe he was getting his own tackle. He still talks about it Everytime we use something out of that bag. Rod said he was keeping an eye out at the local garage sales for a boat for me but I guess God has bigger plans. Rest in peace Rodney you where an amazing man and made a huge impact on myself, my son, and everyone you chatted with.

    June 6 at 2:43AM

  • Dawne McElroy I will miss him. It was fun working with the big fellow. Thanks for the memories.

    June 5 at 10:14PM

  • Anita Lightfoot He was a good friend and we wished we had known him better longer... Hugs to all who loved him. Remember the good memories!

    June 5 at 8:31PM

  • Ronnie Rogers I am so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to both of you as I know it has been a rough road. I am proud to have been able to call Rocky a great friend and will do so forever! Miss him dearly as we all will. Best wishes to all!

    June 5 at 5:57PM

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