Rodney VanLaecken


September 3, 1952 - June 27, 2018


Rodney VanLaecken, 65, of Sioux Falls died, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday July 9, 2018 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday, July 8 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Rodney Lawrence VanLaecken was born September 9, 1952 in Sioux Falls to Lawrence and Irene (Christian) VanLaecken. He graduated from Letcher High School in 1970, attended Dakota State College and graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute with a Culinary Arts Degree. He was employed as a chef for 25 plus years and in most recent years was employed at Wells Fargo Bank. Rod had a love for animals.

He is survived by his sister, Karen (Rick) VanLaecken-Brinker of Mitchell, two nephews: James and John Brinker, one niece, Laurie Briel, an aunt, Nadine VanLaecken, many great nieces and nephews and special friends, the Asmus Family of Brookings.

He was preceded by his parents, step-mother, Mayme (Hoffman) VanLaecken and his “best buddy” Kracker.


Sunday, July 8, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, July 9, 2018
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Naomi on July 5, 2018
To Rodney's Family, I'm sorry to learn of his passing. I hope your pleasant memories of him will help you to get through this difficult time. Prayer to God for comfort will also give you the
strength to cope with he loss of this dear man.
Psalm 46:1
Posted by Nancy Kelly on July 3, 2018
So sorry to hear this! RIP Rod!! Sympathy to ALL family!! Thinking of u Karen!!❤️
Posted by Ernie and Annette Christian on July 2, 2018
You were a great cousin who had a great smile whenever we saw you, you will be missed
Posted by Connie Bennett Farris on June 29, 2018
Please accept my sympathy. Oh the good times and laughter we shared!!!
Posted by Dee Bennett on June 28, 2018
I feel fortunate to have known you Rod and know you’ll be missed many. Praying for your family and friends during this time.
Posted by Tara Shank on June 28, 2018
You will be missed deary. Your humor was like no other, rest in peace.
Posted by Julie Christiansen on June 28, 2018
I'm going to miss you Rod, we had a lot of years working together, your laugh and sense of humor always made me laugh, my thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this time,
Posted by Harley Glammeier on June 28, 2018
I hope you know just how much you are loved and will be missed. Rest in absolute peace Rod, you deserve nothing less.
Posted by Joleen Asmus on June 28, 2018
Karen - I can't believe that my "adopted big brother" is gone. He was such a great guy and awesome person to our family. He will sure be missed. Oh the memories I will cherish. Love to you
Posted by Gloria Mundt on June 28, 2018
RIP dear friend. Your compassion and thoughtfulness meant so much to me.
Posted by Gerry & Jane Asmus on June 27, 2018
Karen and family...our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time...Rod was a great family friend...and will be missed dearly.
Posted by Scott Abels on June 27, 2018
Rod, you will be missed at work. Your infectious laugh and unique sense of humor will be remembered fondly. Rest in piece.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on June 27, 2018
Rest in Peace Rodney. Deepest condolences to the family
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