Donald S. Rodenhiser(1944 - 2014)

PETERBOROUGH - Donald S. Rodenhiser, 69, of Peterborough, died at his home, on April 29, 2014, after a period of illness.

He was born in Newton, Mass. on Oct. 6, 1944, the son of Margaret L. (Varey) Rodenhiser and Abbott L. Rodenhiser. He was raised in West Newton, Mass. and moved with his family to New Ipswich in 1961. He graduated from Appleton Academy in 1963.

Mr. Rodenhiser attended Franklin Pierce College and Midwest Farrier School. He worked for the former Seppala and Aho Construction Co. He also worked at Digital Equip Corp, then Hewlett-Packard, for 23 years. Don also worked for the Town of Peterborough DPW before retiring in 2007.

Mr. Rodenhiser served in the United States Navy from 1966-69 aboard the USS Brinkley Bass (DD887) during the Vietnam War. He was a former volunteer member of the New Ipswich Fire Department. Don served many years on the Peterborough Recreation Committee and was involved in the development of the Cunningham Pond Recreation Area. He was a member of the Monadnock Chapter of Trout Unlimited and served on the Board of Directors. He supported and later organized the Loran Hanson Fishing Derby for 25 years, held annually in Peterborough. Don was a long time advocate of youth fishing and enjoyed helping with the stocking of local streams and ponds.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking and spending time with his family.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Cooney), of 40 years and his son, Keith and his wife, Becky, and his son Todd. He will also be missed by his two granddaughters, Emma and Abby, his brother, Jason and his wife, Elizabeth; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many dear friends

Don was predeceased by his brother Lawrence A. Rodenhiser in 2003.

Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Donald's name to (; Peterborough Fire & Rescue Association (; or Friends of the Loran Hanson Fishing Derby, in care of Sunapee Lake Bank, P.O. Box 657, Peterborough, N.H. 03458.

Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary or leave a condolence please visit

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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 1, 2014