Rodney Halverson
Rodney Wayne Halverson CONCORD Rodney Wayne Halverson, 45, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with Leukemia. He was born Aug. 3, 1967, in Edgerton, Wis., the son of Shirley and Dick Halverson. Rodney married Cathleen Hazeltine in 1993 and moved to Concord, in 1996 to fulfill his lifelong passion for NASCAR. Rodney has been a member of the Joe Gibbs Racing family for the last 10 years. He had an infectious personality full of life and a huge caring heart. Rodney was an inspiration to all that knew him. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Whitley's Funeral Home main chapel, in Kannapolis, officiated by Chaplain Bob Dyer and the Rev. David Henderson. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, in Kannapolis. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the funeral home. The family will be at the home the remainder of the time. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 19 years, Cathy; a daughter, Bailey; and a son, Riley, all of the home; his parents, Shirley and Dick Halverson; a brother, Brad Halverson and wife, Kelly; and sisters, Renee Wedvick, of Concord, Tracie Mincoff and husband, Casey, and Robin Tuma and husband, Dave, of Ladysmith, Wis.; many very special nieces and nephews, cousins; the whole JGR family; and a special friend that was like a brother, Jim Ellis. Memorials may be made to Be The Match, National Marrow Donor Program, 3001 Broadway St. NE, Ste. 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753 Online condolences may be left at www. whitleysfuneralhome. com.
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Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2013.
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My thoughts and prayers to Bailey and her family
Amanda Withee
February 18, 2013
My thoughts and prayers for Bailey and her family
Amanda Withee
February 18, 2013
Our sympathy to Dick & Shirley and to their family and friends.
Jim & Carolyn Lamb
February 15, 2013
Rod: That smile, his laugh, the way he made you feel at ease around him. Always a gentleman. May god bless your family as you watch over them.
Matt and Justine Reckard
February 14, 2013
as long as I have known you and carherine, you have always been top shelf stuff. you never looked down on a person,never looked away when someone needed help,you were real, and thats why so many people liked you, because you...were you, nothing to prove, nothing to rub in someones face, just you! You had a dream and chased it, and that is a step most of us would never take, so onward at Gods speed, head held high,you affected others and didn't even know it. done is done, you touched so many. You leave a high mark for others for follow.you were a great man!
John Duncan
February 13, 2013
Rodney alway was so nice to every one he ever known, I went to school with both Rodney and Katherine. They were ment for this time on earth together and that is special.He will be missed!
John Duncan
February 13, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Halverson Family. May the great memories of Rodney, help with the pain of his loss. Stay HalversonStrong! You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Scott & Traci Nelson & Family
February 10, 2013
To all of Rodneys family. a special prayer went out to you today from me.Rodney was very much loved by us.God be with you always
Marilyn & Gib Ellis
February 9, 2013
I didn't know Rodney... but I know Cathy... and to know Cathy is to know Rodney...my heart breaks...
Christy Hanchett
February 9, 2013
Christy Hanchett
February 9, 2013
Cathy and Family,
My heart aches for all of you at the loss of a precious husband, father, son, brother, and wonderful friend. I pray the memories that you each hold in your hearts will be of some comfort each day as you mourn the loss of Rodney. May God comfort and sustain you.
George & Peggy Foley
February 9, 2013
For the Lord, God is our sun and our shield. he gives us grace and glory.
Psalm 84.11

I feel this psalm represents Rodney and your family. Take care.
Dee DeNardis-Ehler
February 9, 2013
There is no doubt that Rodney left an impression on each person he touched. May your memories carry you through the rough times-Our deepest sympathies
Paul and Mary Jo Charcut
February 9, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Halverson family. He will be truly missed.
Rhonda Sprague
February 9, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. May Rodney rest in peace.
Shawn Iverson
February 9, 2013
May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. Rodney was a great guy. Stay strong and know our thoughts are with you all.
Tammy bratland Brunner
February 8, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Halverson family. You have my sincere condolences.
Shannon Kvist
February 8, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss. It was a honor to know Rodney. Our deepest sympathy to Cathy and the Halverson family.
Chris and Michelle Green
February 8, 2013
Deepest Sympathty To All The Family And Friends Of Rodney. A Loss That Will Be Felt By Many.
Carrie & Mat
February 8, 2013
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Hazeltine and Halverson families! Rodney was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May we always remember him with a smile in our hearts.
Lisa & Marshall Matijevich
February 8, 2013
I am so glad to have grown up with Rodney as a friend and classmate. He was always so much fun to be around. good memories I have and will cherish. Sending prayers to Cathy and the kids.
Diane (kayser) Kudrna
February 8, 2013
One special guy that cared with great kindness for so many,he has a special spot in my heart and I will always cherish the special battery box he made for my cool shirt. But his smile is what will always be engraved and I know that Riley,Bailey and Cathy along with so many of his friends and family now have a special angel looking down. I am sad but I am comforted in knowing he no longer has pain and he is racing on God's gold tracks in heaven.
jeffrey stanton
February 8, 2013
Rodney will be missed by all that came in contact with him. He was always the life of the party.Jim lost the best friend anyone could ask for. R.I.P
Shelly Ellis
February 8, 2013
Although I didn't know Rodney that well personally, Ryan and Trevor always had the most wonderful things to say about him. He was a blessed man to have such a loving family to rally around him. He fought a brave and courageous battle....God bless all of you through this trying time.
Diane Waits
February 8, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers, he will be missed by all. Godspeed & R.I.P.
Don Hanson
February 8, 2013
I didn't know Rodney that well personally, but Ryan and Trevor always had the nicest things to say about him and your entire family. He was a fortunate man to have his family rally around him the way all of you did. And what a courageous battle he fought with nothing but humility and dignity....God bless all of you through this trying time.
Diane Waits
February 8, 2013
You will be the brightess star in the heavens. Your smile lights up the hole room. Your fun tricks are something I will remember forever. Love You Rodney Way. Till we meet again.
Ardyth Halverson
February 8, 2013
My heart goes out to the entire Halverson family. Rodney was a great guy.
February 8, 2013
Although I haven't seen my cousin Rodney in years, always heard good & positive only ~ thinking of Aunt Shirley & your whole family & praying for peace & comfort for you all.
Wendy Lund Cujas
February 8, 2013
going to mis you Hotrod
James Reilly
February 8, 2013
Rodney was such a strong person! He will be missed by everyone that knew him!
Laura Blackwell
February 8, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Jeff & Michelle Green
February 8, 2013
I'll miss you "CUZ" We had fun growing up. You, Brad and me. REST IN PEACE.
Brian M Reynolds
February 8, 2013
My condolances to the family
he will be missed
Carla Jackson
February 8, 2013
I am thinking of you all and holding you in my heart. Rodney was a special man with a blinding life-light. We are all better for having known him, and he has made heaven that much more beautiful. My prayers and love to you all.
Sarah Splitter
February 8, 2013
Rodney was a very good friend to my son, Paul Taylor. They were in each others weddings. My son Paul was killed Sept. 1993. They are together again in Heaven. I know that Paul was very happy to meet Rodney in Heaven. Their spirits are there together & in total peace & happiness.
Sharon Tadder
February 8, 2013
We remember meeting you a few years back at the summer shoot out and i have to say we kept saying what a truly nice man u were. We couldn't believe how receptive you were to us. How you would stop and chat when passing by. It is an honor to know you!!!!
Bonnie & Joe Osborne
February 8, 2013
Rodney will be missed. I saw him 2 weeks ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Family is in my prayers through this tough time.
Bobby Klimas
February 8, 2013
Rodney was truly one of the great ones in our small town. And, may I add, one of the best slow dance dippers on the planet. To his wife and kids, my condolences.
Joan (Rucks) Burdick
February 8, 2013
I'll miss you bud, you we're a great guy and always fun to be around. Rest easy man.
Tony Whittier
February 8, 2013
So blessed to have know this man. Rodney was as stonge of a fighter and anyone I've met. He will be greatly missed. Wendy RN
February 8, 2013
So blessed to have know this man. He was as strong of a fighter as anyone I've met. Sweet spirit also. He will be missed greatly. Wendy RN
February 8, 2013
Rodney (Hot Rod) was a legend here in Edgerton Wisconsin growing up. He was always smiling and always had a funny story or one liner to tell. His personality and awesome smile was contagious! He will be missed by so many! What a amazing support group he had all these years! And what a fighter! I am very proud to be able to say I had known him. Bless the Halverson family.
Rachel Johnson
February 8, 2013
Such an awesome man. So sorry for your loss.
Reitta, RN
February 8, 2013
Rodney was a huge inspiration to us! He will truly be missed. He was one of the strongest men I've ever met. Your family is in all of our hearts forever. May God Bless you all in this difficult time.
Stacy RN
February 8, 2013