Roderick D. Gehrke, 62, passed away from health complications on Friday, December 17, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

He was born June 14, 1959, to Norman Herbert and Alexandria Charlotte (Runge) Gehrke in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Willowbrook High School.

He made California is home until 2015, and then relocated to Marshall County. Rod worked at Riverside County Sherriff’s Department for 19 years as a correctional food service supervisor. He would retire in 2009.

Rod is survived by his siblings: Kathleen (Gary) Sanders of Rockland, CA, Jeffrey Gehrke of Lake Havasu, AZ and Greg (Debbie) Gehrke of Apple Valley, CA.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

He will be laid to rest next to his parents in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.