Rodney James Preisser passed away unexpectedly on January 5th, 2013 at the age of 66. He is now at rest in the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ. Rodney had been a long time resident of Colorado Springs since 1972. He was born on November 29th, 1946 in Garden City, Kansas and was the son of the late Adrienne Schanel Preisser and James Gaylord Preisser. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1964 and from Colorado State University in 1969 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Rodney had many varied interests. He had a brilliant mind and used a very unorthodox method to solving problems. He was a gifted conversationalist and never knew a stranger. He always approached people with his hand extended, saying "Rodney Preisser, Colorado Springs". Subsequently, he had lifelong friends from all over the world. Rodney treated all people equally and always made those around him feel at ease and welcomed. Rodney had many loves. He grew up in farming and ranching and maintained this lifestyle throughout his life, as a livelihood, as a hobby and upon his death he enjoyed living on a ranch again. Rodney loved flying; he earned his pilot's license at the age of 16 and roamed the skies having many adventures in many different airplanes. He influenced his friends and children to also learn to love flying. Rodney began his love affair with water development at a young age, building a 21 mile pipeline to Security-Widefield. Rodney became an expert in the area of water rights and water development, and he completed his last water deal in October of 2011. Rodney loved mentoring the "up and comers" as he fondly called them. His greatest loves, however, were his wife, his children, grandchildren and many close friends. He and his wife Kerri spent a lot of time traveling the world and visiting friends. In an article in 2006, Rodney stated, "I just want to pass as many life lessons as possible along to my kids about positive attitude and perseverance", and this he did so well. Rodney was the absolute best father; he successfully guided six children to become responsible, caring and successful adults. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Kerri Preisser; son Lt. Col Jason Preisser (daughter-in-law Lt. Col. Melanie Preisser) of Arlington, Va.; daughter Cory Anderson (son-in-law Kevin Anderson) of Aurora, Co.; daughter Amy Baird (son-in-law Bret Baird) of Parker, Co.; daughter Brittany Rothe (son-in-law Nathan Rothe) of Golden, Co.; daughter Alexandra Lane of NYC; daughter Taylor Lane of Boulder, Co. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Reece Preisser, Ethan Preisser, Megan Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Kate Anderson, Emmeline Baird, Maxwell Baird, Grey Rothe and Kitt Rothe. Rodney is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth Preisser and Gary Preisser; his sisters, Cheryl Preisser, Gayla Preisser, Denise Preisser and Tami Preisser. He was preceded in death, by his sister Karen Preisser. Rodney is also survived by countless friends across the world. Rodney's legacy is one filled with love, compassion, generosity and his capacity for knowledge, which he constantly shared with so many. Our loss is great and he will be missed always. Our comfort is in knowing that he is now in the presence of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. A celebration of life will be held at Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road, Colorado Springs, 80904, on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Limb Preservation Foundation, 1601 East 19th Ave. Suite 3900, Denver, CO 80218, P (303) 429-0688.
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Published in The Gazette from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013