Rodney K. Hartberg

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August 17, 1944
June 2, 2024

Rodney Kent Hartberg was born August 17, 1944, to Raymond and Ruth (Jordanger) Hartberg in Britton, SD. He was baptized and confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church near Langford. He attended country school near the family farm where he grew up and also a country school near Amherst, SD.

Rod joined the Army and was stationed over in Germany. While stationed in Germany, his brother who was also in the Army, was only half a mile away and they didn’t realize that until it was time to come home. So without knowing, they were serving right next to each other.

Following his return from the service he worked several years for his aunt and uncle at Shadehill, SD. Later he returned to Langford and worked for Kay Cutler and Mike McCraine in Claremont, SD. He loved to go to dances and going on trips to Lemmon, SD with his sisters, Rita and Rose Zakrzewski. He also enjoyed visiting family and friends and always had a joke or a tongue twister for everyone. Rod was an avid car dealer and loved to drive through the car lots and trade cars.

Rodney passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024, at his home in rural Langford, at the age of 79.

He is survived by brother, Rocky Hartberg of Langford; his sister, Rose Zakrzewski of Webster, SD; nephews: Keith Zakrzewski of Webster, Ross Zakrzewski of Webster, Justin Zakrzewski of Sisseton, SD, Ray Zakrzewski-Roemmick of Brentford, SD, Jaden Siemonsma of AZ, and Jerrod Mann of CO; his nieces: Jennifer Zakrzewski of Webster, Dawn Schoenfelder of FL, Jayne Johnson of Rapid City, SD; and great-nieces: Taihlyn Zakrzewski, Skylar Sheridan and Morgan Hanisch.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; his brother, Ronald; his sister, Rita Zakrzewski; brothers-in-law, Robert and Arnold Zakrzewski; and great-niece, Sierra DeWald.