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Roderick “Rod” M. Messer

Roderick “Rod” M. Messer

Roderick Messer

- March 25, 2019

Roderick “Rod” M. Messer, age 73, of Elgin, ND passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Sanford Health in Bismarck, ND.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Mott, ND.  Fr. Stephen Folorunso will officiate with burial at the Sunnyslope Cemetery in Mott with full military honors. 

A Rosary and Wake Service will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, March 26th at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church. 

Serving as casketbearers are Martin Messer, Kenny Messer, Matt Linster, Adam Hoselton, Mack Hoselton, Danny Messer, and Tom Merkel.  All of Rod’s nieces and nephews are Honorary Casketbearers. 

Roderick “Rod” M. Messer was born on May 19, 1945 in Mott, ND to Martin and Lorine (Hafner) Messer.  He attended Prairie Home Country School and Mott Lincoln High School, graduating in 1963.  He graduated in 1967 from Bismarck Junior College with a degree in Business.  In 1968 Rod enlisted in the US Army and served in Korea and Okinawa.  After his honorable discharge in 1970, he returned to farm on the family farm in Mott. 

Rod was an active member of the American Legion and was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.  He was a hard worker, always willing to help others.  Rod had a heart of gold and a witty sense of humor.  Even though he was very shy, he was a jokester and met everyone with a smile. He always had candy for visitors and family, mostly jelly beans.  Rod loved his animals and the beauty of the outdoors.   His nieces and nephews were his pride and joy.

For the past few years, Rod resided at Dakota Hills in Elgin, ND.  He passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Sanford Health in Bismarck, ND. 

Surviving Rod are his brother Larry (Mary) Messer, Mott, ND; sisters Charlotte (David) Berger, Dickinson, ND; LaVonne Hoff, Engelwood, CO; Shirley Linster, Dickinson, ND; Sandy (Terry) Greff, Santan, AZ ; Joan Messer, Dickinson, ND; Connie (Dennis) Wax, Regent, ND; Laure Merkel, Dickinson, ND, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Lorine (Hafner) Messer, a brother Marvin Messer, and a sister Corine Seidel.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established by the family.    

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