Rodney H. Santo

Born: Thu., Dec. 24, 1931
Died: Thu., Jan. 23, 2014

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton

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Rodney “Rod” H. Santo

December 24, 1931 - January 23, 2014


Rodney “Rod” H. Santo, 82, peacefully passed away at home with family by his side on January 23, 2014. He was grateful for every day the Lord gave him and he tried to keep his humor as he traveled his adventures with Parkinson’s disease. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

Rod was born December 24,1931, in Walla Walla, Washington, to Ernest and Estella (Dodson) Santo. He grew up in Walla Walla and married Dolores Diane Webster, on October 16,1953. They had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

After moving to Pendleton in 1957, he worked for US Gypsum Company, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, and Standard Insurance Company where he retired. His greatest joy was his family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, and playing cards. He also enjoyed gardening and called his daughter to brag that his strawberries were ripe first. It was their running joke. Rod was also involved in the Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He had been active in the Jaycees in the 1960s and was active in the Pendleton Elks Club, where he served as Exalted Ruler. In his later years, he and his wife would enjoy camping trips with the “Rovin’ Elks” and the “Good Sam’s Club.”

He is survived by his wife Dee, of Pendleton, and daughters Vickie (Bob) Chambers of Pendleton and Launne (Doug) Ankney Jr. of Anchorage. He has grandchildren Rhiannon (James) Albert, and Rachel (Nick) Nash, and great-grandchildren Alyne and Syrah Albert. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Golde (wife of Wilfred) Santo, of College Place, Washington, and many nieces and nephews. He also had a friend and special care giver, Riki Livety-McKague.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Loren (Clydella) and Wilfred, and five sisters, Leia Santo, Rowena (Bill) Corlett, Marian (Harold) White, Wanda (Al) Broeckel, and Lois (Elbert) Labenkse.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Parkinson’s Research Program.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, January 27, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.  

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Jim and Nancy Reeves
   Posted Sat January 25, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Wish we could be there. You folks have always been so special to me. May our Lord bless you and keep you.

carl and connie Sager
   Posted Sun January 26, 2014
Dee, connie and I are so sorry to hear about Rod..He was a good friend and a great help to me during those Elk days...Our love and thoughts are with you and yours during this time...

Diana (Dennis) Cochran
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
Dee, am sorry to hear about Rod. He was quite the character when I was growing up and around Marilyn and family. Lots of good memories. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

eleventh hour warriors
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
so sorry for your loss you are in our prayers and thoughts.

e[eventh hour warriors
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
s0 sorry for your loss. you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Cindi LeGore
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
Dee and Vickie and Family,
Thinking of you all at this time. I know what a kind and funny man your Dad was Vic and how much he meant to all of you. My prayers are with you.
Love Cindi

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