Rodney VanLaecken, 65, of Sioux Falls died, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday July 9, 2018 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday, July 8 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Rodney Lawrence VanLaecken was born September 9, 1952 in Sioux Falls to Lawrence and Irene (Christian) VanLaecken. He graduated from Letcher High School in 1970, attended Dakota State College and graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute with a Culinary Arts Degree. He was employed as a chef for 25 plus years and in most recent years was employed at Wells Fargo Bank. Rod had a love for animals.
He is survived by his sister, Karen (Rick) VanLaecken-Brinker of Mitchell, two nephews: James and John Brinker, one niece, Laurie Briel, an aunt, Nadine VanLaecken, many great nieces and nephews and special friends, the Asmus Family of Brookings.
He was preceded by his parents, step-mother, Mayme (Hoffman) VanLaecken and his “best buddy” Kracker.