Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2011, at St. Marcus Catholic Church in Clear Lake for Rodney J. Theis, age 50, of Clear Lake, who passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the St. Cloud V.A. Medical Center from the results of multiple sclerosis and since December 2008 fought a courageous battle with lung cancer. Reverend Virgil Helmin and Reverend Richard McGuire will concelebrate. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
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Family and friends may call between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwater and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Parish prayers will be held at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Clearwater American Legion Post #323 ritual at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Rodney was born on October 9, 1960 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Kenneth and Dorothy (Mayer) Theis. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1986 - 1991 aboard the Air Craft Carrier U.S.S. Ranger, serving in the Gulf War. He had a great love of culinary arts while aboard the U.S.S. Ranger. He was the private chef for five consecutive CEO's. He was awarded several medals of honor for his work and leadership. While in the Navy he was very proud to serve his country and fellow officers. His love of the Navy took him to many different ports and countries. Rodney was honored to have the chance to cook for many different dignitaries and celebrities aboard the ship. After his honorable discharge in 1991 as a second class petty officer, he continued his love of culinary arts as a chef in various country clubs in San Diego, CA until 1997. When he returned to MN, he continued working in several restaurants in the area until his health forced him to retire in 2005.
Rodney was a member of the Clearwater American Legion Post #323.
He is survived by one daughter, Danielle of Burnsville; parents, Kenneth and Dorothy (Mayer) Theis of Clear Lake; brothers, David, Jeff, Mark (Dawn) all of Clear Lake and Gary of Sartell; sister, Cheryl (Rev. Jerry) Mason of St. Cloud; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Lawrence (Olga) Mayer and William (Elizebeth) Theis.
Rodney was loved by the many veteran friends he made at the V.A. Medical Center and he will be greatly missed by all family and friends for his kindness, sense of humor and his jokes.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 7, 2011