Rodney Deaton
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VERONA — Rodney K. "Rod" Deaton, 49, of Verona, and formerly of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Ohio State Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 21, 1970, in Middletown, to the late Angelo and Ellavern Deaton.

He was employed at Land O'Lakes Inc./Purina Animal Nutrition as a forklift operator in Vandalia. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys, Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds fan. He loved all of his family and had a heart of gold.

He is survived by his wife Wendy Deaton of Verona; daughters Brittany Deaton of Xenia, Courtney Deaton of Miamisburg and Kelsey (husband Dalton) Gunter of Tacoma, Washington; sons Aaron Deaton of Miamisburg, Caelan Stewart of Eaton and Gavin Harshman of Verona; and "mom" Loria (husband Vern) Brunswick of Eaton.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 7, from 5 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7 p.m. at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, with Dr. Rev. Raymond Rothwell officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Preble County, P.O. Box 72, Eaton, OH 45320. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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Published in The Eaton Register-Herald from Jul. 1 to Jul. 2, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
Rodney was my coworker at Land O'Lakes over the last number of years. Besides the one-on-one interactions, I think Rod's daily appreciation for what he had, I will miss and take with me the most. Rodney loved his job, his family, and his hobbies. If you were around him, there was never a day that this was in question. Over time I realized this about him and let it rub off on me. While its terribly sad that Rod isnt here to enjoy, undoubtedly all that he still planned to; I find comfort in knowing that he discovered what many never do, and that's enjoying what he had. Most days he would pause his exit for the day, until he had the chance to wish me a good evening. Rod's enthusiastic presence will be sorely missed by everyone at work. My thoughts are with his family.
Ryan Wilson
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