Rodney G. Gartner

Rodney Gene Gartner, age 49 of Long Beach, CA, formerly of Kadoka, died January 3, 2008, at his home in Long Beach.

Rodney Gene Gartner was born January 10, 1958, in Kadoka, SD, the son of Clifford and Marie (Anderson) Gartner. He grew up in Kadoka and graduated from high school in 1977. That same year he enlisted in the United States Navy. He received an honorable discharge in June 1979. He went to Gillette, WY, where he was in building construction at Wright, WY.

In September 1979, he was injured in a swimming accident. As a result of that injury he was paralyzed and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

In 1982, he went to college in Aberdeen and graduated in 1985, with a degree in psychology. He worked as a counselor in Rapid City for a year before moving to Long Beach, CA, in 1987, where he worked as a counselor for the disabled and homeless.

Rodney touched many lives, and helped them see that life can be good no matter their circumstances. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Rodney is survived by his mother, Marie M. Gartner of Philip; and three brothers, Ronnie Gartner and his wife, Marilyn, of Interior, Raymond Gartner and his wife, Wilma, of Philip, and Randy Gartner of Rapid City. He is also survived by a special person, Nora, his caregiver and friend for many years; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Gartner, on July 16, 2003.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in the spring, and will be announced. Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Chapel, Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com