Rodney D. Meiners, 76, of Eitzen, died peacefully on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Gundersen Tweeten Healthcare Center of Spring Grove.

He was born June 16, 1937, on the family farm in Eitzen to Paul and Wilhelmine (Hein) Meiners. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Eitzen.

Rodney graduated from Caledonia High School. After graduation, he continued to farm, remaining a lifelong farmer.

On June 16, 1956, he married Marlene Danielson at Wilmington Lutheran Church. The couple made their home on the family farm and were married over 57 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Eitzen; two children, Sheryl (Michael) Eyster of Springfield, Ore., and David (Jean) Meiners of Eitzen; a grandson, Zachary Eyster of Eugene, Ore.; two sisters, Geneva Renk of Sun City, Ariz., and Marveen (Leon) Feil of Eitzen; and many other relatives and friends.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifford, who died in infancy and brother, Ronald; a sister, Linda; a sister-in-law, Lorna; and two brothers-in-law, Roy Renk and Warren Nuttall.

Memorial services were March 28 at St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen. The Rev. Steven E. Meyer officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory (Caledonia Chapel) assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at