Rodney Wallace Brandon, loving father, grandfather, and all-around Big Dog, died on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020.
Rod, an avid hunter, fisherman and conversationalist is survived by his brother Alan and two sons, Troy (Carrie) and Eric (Laura) and grandson Avery.
The son of Jack and Marjorie, Rod was born February 25, 1947 and grew up in Reedsport, Oregon. A talented athlete, Rod and his relay teammates set and continue to hold the state track record for the 440-yard relay.
A proud USMC veteran Rod served during the Vietnam conflict where he met his sons’ mother, Branda. After serving his country Rod brought his small family back home to Reedsport, Oregon and quickly began work on expanding it. The two boys were born not long after.
Working at the International Paper sawmill in Gardiner, Oregon until it closed, Rod provided for his family and taught the boys how to hunt and fish, row and bow, and shoot the poo.
Later in life Rod owned the Tyee store off the 138 near Sutherlin, Oregon becoming the self-proclaimed mayor. Living in Douglas County, Oregon nearly all his life he enjoyed the outdoors and all the beauty Oregon has to offer. He especially loved the growing wine trade and could commonly be found pontificating the finer points of the Oregon grape.
A celebration of life service is planned at the Elkton Education Community Center in Elkton, Oregon for October 17, 2020 from 10AM to 2PM. The ECEC is located at 15850 State Highway 38W, Elkton, OR, 97436.