The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

ARLO D. RODWAY

 

November 16, 2016



Arlo D. Rodway, 65, of rural Whitehall, MT died Thursday, November 3, at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula.

Arlo Dale Rodway was born August 18, 1951 to Arthur (Art) and Loeda Rodway in Sioux Falls, S.D. Arlo married Merna Webster May 25, 1974 at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Brandon, S.D. Arlo and Merna then purchased a home in Canton, SD. Arlo worked for McCord in Canton while also helping out on the family farm. The Rodway's moved to Whitehall in 1982. Arlo worked at the Golden Sunlight Mine as a haul truck driver and drill operator. Arlo loved cars and baseball his entire life. He enjoyed teaching his two sons Cale and Grant about his two favorite hobbies. Arlo spent countless hours playing catch with his sons and teaching them the nuances of baseball including the squeeze play and the infield fly rule. He was elated when asked to umpire little league games even if he had to call his sons out at 3rd. Cale, a lifelong Cubs fan, was able to be with his Dad to watch game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

He made sure his sons drove old cars in high school. The old cars were "cooler" and much easier to work on than modern cars at the time. They required a lot of maintenance and he may have enjoyed working on cars with his sons more than driving them.

He also loved the outdoors. Summer weekends were frequently spent four-wheeling in the Tobacco Root Mountains or Pipestone with his family & close friends. Trips to the Tobacco Roots were often combined with mountain lake fly fishing with Arlo content to watch his friends or family fish and help release a wild trout followed by an enthusiastic high-five. He also loved to explore many of the old mines in the Pipestone area and would often wonder out loud, "I wonder where they buried the gold?" His 4 wheeling friends called him "The Professor" because he knew the history of every destination they arrived at during their special rides.

He also loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. His love of riding his bike motivated him while he was fighting several health issues later in his life. Despite these challenges he always greeted everyone with a friendly smile and a" Happy Monday.....", stopped what he was doing, and took the time to listen to his many friends when running errands in Whitehall.

Arlo had a big heart full of love for his family and friends. Thankful for having shared his life are: his wife Merna of Whitehall, sons Cale Rodway of Belgrade, and Grant Rodway and his wife Emily (Wallace) of Helena, brothers Loren Rodway and his wife Carolyn of Warrenton, VA, and Lynn Rodway and his wife Charlotte of Canton, SD, one grandchild – Jack Rodway of Helena, several nieces & nephews, the Webster family and special friends – Dave Moody of Whitehall and Jim March of Choteau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Loeda and his sister Le Ann.

One of his greatest joys was leading another dialysis patient to the Lord. He had a special compassion for his dialysis patients and would pray for them anytime they asked for his help.

The family would like to extend love and appreciation for the many people who helped care for Arlo: Steve Sacry, Dr. Lakatua, IHI Doctors in Missoula and Butte, the incredible staff at dialysis, Pastor Bill Lanes and our entire church family at Whitehall Assembly of God, and all his friends. Arlo knew no strangers everyone he met became an instant friend.

Services are pending.

 

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