Roderick (Rod) George McKenzie was born to Sara Gardner and Roderick Vance McKenzie March 31, 1938 in Ely, Nevada. He was the 3rd child having 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers.
He was raised in Lund Nevada and attended Lund Elementary and High School.
Rod married Carol Oxborrow August 25, 1955 in Lund. They were later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.
After high school Rod and Carol moved to Provo where Rod attended BYU. After a couple years of college Rod decided he really was meant to be a modern dairyman and not an electrical engineer so they moved back to Lund. Together for 66 years they raised six children, dairy cows and hay.
Rod is survived by his brother Donald (Darlene) McKenzie, sister Geraldine (Geri) (Harvey) Billington, sister in-laws Josephine Reid and Sharon Bryant, his children; Rodric Don McKenzie, James Alan McKenzie (Becky), Karla McKenzie-Dolezal (Mark), Sheila Allred (James) Andrew Paul McKenzie, Barry Gene McKenzie (Kimberly) He has 43 grandchildren, 59+4 more expected soon great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws. Rod was preceded in death by Carol, his parents, brother Ken, sister Phyllis, brother-in-law Robert (Bob) Oxborrow, a granddaughter and a great grandson
Rod had many careers over the years …..He was a truck driver for Kennecott. He was a Nevada Water Law expert spending countless hours defending the water rights of Lund’s farmers and ranchers. He was president of the Lund water board for 42 years. He established his own dairy herd and hay farm (Rod McKenzie Lacterium). Eventually he bought the Meadow Gold distribution business for White Pine County (Northern Nevada Distributing) which included hauling milk to Salt Lake City and bringing dairy products back to Ely and then delivering the produce to the various businesses in the county. He also owned and operated the Motor Freight company in Ely for many years. Rod served on Farm Bureau and Mt. Wheeler Power Board as well as many others.
What we love the most was his love for family. He taught us honesty and to enjoy hard work. Working was his hobby. Making things better. He was a storyteller, always ready to tell his children and then grandchildren a story and sing a song or two at bedtime. Rod was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many positions.
Services will be held Friday January 19, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Lund chapel. Viewing at 10:00 am with the funeral following at 11:00