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In Memory

Rodney Chelius - Class of 1967

Shared by Edith Chelius

Deceased Classmate: Rodney Chelius 1967
Date Of Birth: 03-01-1949
Date Deceased: 07-22-2020
Age at Death: 71
Cause of Death: complications from Agent Orange
Classmate City: EVERETT
Classmate State: WA
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: Yes Navy
Survived By: Edith Chelius wife and children and grandchildren listed below

RODNEY GORDON CHELIUS JR. March 1st, 1949 — July 22nd, 2020 Rodney Gordon Chelius, Jr., 71, of Everett, WA, passed away on July 22nd, 2020 in Everett from complications due to exposure of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Military funeral and burial services will be held 1:00pm Thursday, July 30th at Tahoma National Cemetery with Pastor Newby of Creekside Church, officiating. Arrangements are by American Cremation & Casket Alliance.

Rodney was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era. He proudly served with the HAL-3 Seawolves in Vietnam and the VF151 Vigilantes aboard the USS Midway. Rodney was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (Navy) for Extraordinary Heroism, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars and an Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Aerial Flight, amongst others awards. Rodney loved nothing more than talking about his naval service and reminiscing with his Navy buddies.

He was a loving family man who adored his kids and grandchildren and was very protective of them. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Rodney leaves behind his Edie, his wife of 42 years, his brother Tom Chelius (Linda), cherished sister-in-law Teo, brother-in-law John Dance, daughter Angela Chelius, son Rodney Chelius III (Annette), son Karl Eskeli (Bonnie), numerous cousins, and grandchildren: Monique, Rodney IV, Marissa, Laque, Ryker and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Special thank you to his doctors, Dr. Hansen and Dr. Barber at Kaiser Permanente, his Puget Sound Kidney Center teams in Mount Lake Terrace- Pat, Olga, Dina, Susan, and in Everett- Paul and Gina. Fair Winds and Following Seas