A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Rodney Adolph, age 70 of Holdingford, will be 12:00 PM Saturday, October 20, at All Saints, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Rodney died Sunday morning at the St. Cloud Hospital after a battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 4-9:00 PM Friday and again after 10:00 AM Saturday at the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home in Holdingford. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.
Rodney was born Aug. 13, 1942, in St. Cloud, to Ferdinand and Ethel (Curtis) Adolph. He grew up in Eden Valley and moved with his family to a farm near Holdingford in 1959. Rodney married Cathy Fink, May 4, 1964, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. Rodney worked in the creamery in Freeport and then the creamery in Opole, before he started working as a heavy equipment operator for Martin Fruth Inc. and then Niehaus Road Construction. In 1980, he purchased the Roy Brenny Oil Company and changed its name to the Adolph Oil Company. In 1985, he expanded his business by purchasing the Stroeing Oil Company in Freeport. He sold his business in 2004. Rodney also worked for the Brenny Ambulance Service in Holdingford and started with the Stanley Brenny Funeral Home in 1964, the Brenny Funeral Homes of Albany and Holdingford, and currently the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Homes. He was active in the Holdingford Fire Department, the Holdingford Rescue Squad, he drove bus for the Holdingford Schools, he worked in the maintenance department for the city of Holdingford, he was active in his church, All Saints, St. Mary’s, where he was an usher, greeter, Parish Council member and did maintenance. Rodney was also a former member of the Holdingford Commercial Club. He also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Cathy Adolph, Holdingford; his sister, Bonnie (John) Woitalla, St. Anna; his brother-in-law, Robert Storemann, Holdingford; sister-in-law, Louise Adolph, Holdingford; brother-in-law, Dan (Dianna Vossen) Fink, Monticello; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry Adolph and sister-in-law, Sylvia Stoermann.