Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Erie United Methodist Church, 811 8th St. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, 202 N. Main St., Port Byron, and for one hour prior to the service Friday at church. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Memorials may be made to the New Hope Church, Moline, or the Erie Fire and Ambulance.
Rodney Eugene Besse was born April 30, 1938, in Moline, the son of Warde and Jeanette Howard Besse. He was a lifelong resident of Erie and graduated from Erie High School in 1956. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1958. Rod married Cheryl Etcher on March 10, 1962, at the Moline Gospel Temple.
He worked full time at John Deere Harvester, retiring in 1992, while also farming in Erie his entire life. Rod was an active member of New Hope Church, Moline, where he taught Sunday school for many years and played clarinet in the Praise Band. He loved hunting and enjoyed visiting -- he never met a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; children (and their spouses), Steve Besse, Port Byron, Lisa Besse, Erie, Sheila (Mark) Trent, Erie, David (Kris) Besse, Prophetstown; grandchildren, Adam and Rachel Besse, Justin and Zachary Brown, Nathan and Michael Trent, Jessica, Joshua and Kaitlyn Besse and Brooke Selhost; sister, Beverly Pankratz, Stonewall, Texas; mother-in-law, Dorothy Samuelson, East Moline; and his faithful dog, Ginger. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Hilton Pankratz.
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