Roderick (Rod) Wayne Cirone passed peacefully from this life to the next on December 29, 2021, following a long illness. He was 84.
As a young teenager, he was blessed to be adopted into the home of Joe and Maureen (Brady) Cirone where he learned principles of humanity, humility, hard work, and honesty. He served honorably in the United States Navy and returned home, married, and started a family.
Rod spent his career ranching and mining in Nevada and mining in the Caribbean. Upon moving to Utah, he worked as a maintenance supervisor in a care center where he not only cared for the buildings but befriended many of the residents struggling with loneliness through the last years of their lives. In his retirement, he continued to serve neighbors and friends until his frail mortal body no longer allowed him the privilege of doing so.
His care of people is perhaps best captured in a micro moment from his life where a medical transport plane taking him to emergency surgery lost it’s landing gear and spun upon landing. Despite his pain and discomfort, he focused on the medical staff traveling with him. After making sure they were physically ok, he took time to minister to them, make them laugh, and calm their fears.
Rod’s most treasured possession in this life was his relationship with his Heavenly Father and his Savior Jesus Christ. While he was far from perfect, he strove to be kind, serve, and bless the lives of others as They teach us to do. After marrying his eternal sweetheart, Barbara Ann Muller, they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served together in many capacities, ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of others, including serving a mission in West Virginia and serving as temple workers in the Ogden, Utah and Reno, Nevada temples.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Ann Muller Cirone, two of his siblings Wayne (Ila) Cirone and Maureen (Mike) Rector, his children Laura (Joe) Gallegos, Lisa Tom, Rita Soto, Allen Cirone, and Antoinette (Don) Martin, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many in the Yerington area he was privileged to call friends.
Rod will be buried at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada with military honors. Family and friends are invited to sign his online guest book at www.FRFH.net
In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, make a commitment to reach out to your friends and family often, serve those in need, make new friends, and choose to walk more peaceably among those you are privileged to meet upon this beautiful earth.
Arrangements are under the direction of Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, 25 Hwy 208 Yerington, Nevada 89447 (775) 463-2911