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Rodney G. Sheldon


Rodney G. Sheldon, 72 of Tomah died Friday, May, 1, 2020 at his home. He was born July 5, 1947 to Lloyd and Barbara (Jahr) Sheldon in Hillsboro. He was a member of the Cashton High School Graduating Class of 1966. Rod was united in marriage to Wanda Welch on May 18, 1974 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tomah. He worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad as a welder for many years until his retirement in 2003. He was a people person and was affectionately called Uncle Rod by many. Rod was a rabid volunteer He volunteered for the Tomah Hockey Association, serving on the board, and was given an honorary board member, and was a driver for the Tiger Girls Hockey Team, volunteering at the Grand National Tractor Pull, Monroe County Fair, and the Warrens Cranfest. He was the ice deliverer guy; and delivered thousands and thousands of pounds of ice during the years. Rod was an avid sports fan: he loved to watch the local sports teams, listening to the Milwaukee Brewers, and Green Bay Packers. He was a proud and loving grandpa who will always be remembered for being the driver and picker upper. He was cheering at basketball and baseball games, dance events, hockey games, figure skating, soccer games, softball games and track meets. He will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Wanda, a son Michael (Sheri) Sheldon of Tomah, Abbey (Matt) Honaker of Black River Falls, 4 grandchildren, Addison, Noah, Paige, and Breckin Sheldon, a sister Brenda (Jon) Wehling of Raleigh, N.C.,

A brother-in-law, Michael (Diane) Welch of Tomah, 2 sisters-in-law Tammy (Douglas Kramer) Brockman of Camp Douglas and Jill Welch of Tomah,

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Michael, 2 sisters Donna Williams and Pamela Czepiel, his father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Wilna Welch, 3 brothers-in-law, Larry Williams, Dennis and Steven Welch, a niece Misha Welch, a nephew Jeremy Birkness

A Private Family Service was held. A celebration of Rod’s life will be held at a later date.

The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and encourages you to sign the online guest book, leave memories and comforting messages to the family, and share photos on their website at


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