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Rodney Galassini


April 9, 1939
November 26, 2019

Visitation 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home - Centralia
Funeral 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home - Centralia

Rodney “Hot Rod” Galassini, 80, of Centralia passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home. He was born on April 9, 1939 the son of Gino and Pearl (Hawkins) Galassini in Wamac. He married his sweetheart and best friend, Shirley Henson on July 6, 1957 in Lee County, Mississippi and she preceded him in death on December 30, 2013.

Survivors remain that share wonderful memories of Rodney include his two daughters, Ronda Rovenstine (Jeff) of Centralia, and Cheryl Harre (Wayne) of Nashville; precious grandchildren, Matthew Rovenstine of Bartlesville, OK, A.J. Franklin (Robert) of Centralia, Wendi Jo Harre and fiancé John Kubiak of Nashville, and Jordi Harre of Nashville; cherished great-grandchild, Jaleigh Franklin; and special cousin, Ruth Bierman (Randy) of Centralia.

Along with his wife, Shirley Galassini, Mr. Galassini was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Galassini; father, Gino Galassini; stepmother, Inez (Hyde) Galassini; sister, Sandy Galassini; and infant daughter, Tina Marie Galassini.

Mr. Galassini was a faithful employee of Hollywood Brands in Centralia. He later worked as a route salesman for 30 years for Butternut Bread before retirement. He served on the Marion County Township board and Centralia City School board. Rodney was a man of great faith and had a huge servant’s heart being an important part of Wamac Missionary Baptist Church as an ordained deacon. He continued shining his light for the Lord at Baker Street Baptist Church. Rodney and his wife, Shirley had a tender heart for children and were foster parents. They wanted to share their love and support with children in need.

Rodney had great athletic abilities and loved to share his love of sports with the grateful children at Field School in Centralia, where he coached softball for many years, as well as, volunteering his time to his bowling team. He was very proud to be a part of the Field School Dad’s Club and supported his two daughters in every way he could.

Rodney was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed every aspect of nature. He had awesome fishing skills and was always glad to share his latest catch with family and friends. Hunting for rabbits and mushrooms also brought him many great memories and times of relaxation.

Rodney’s family will most remember his infectious laugh and the way he could make everyone feel comfortable and share a laugh with him. He treasured family time, whether it be playing games together or simply enjoying each other’s company. Rodney’s memory and legacy will live on in the lives of his family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 2, 2019 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Pastor Don R. Bigham officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. Friends are welcome to a visitation time from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service honoring Rodney’s life on Monday at the funeral home in Centralia. Memorials may be made to Baker Street Baptist Church. Online condolences and memories of Rodney may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.