Rodney Dean Rottluff, 74, of Oldham passed away on May 8, 2022 at Madison Regional Health System.  Per Dean’s request, no services will be held.  His ashes will be spread along the route that he walked with Buddy on a daily basis.

Rodney Dean Rottluff was born on November 10, 1947 at the Rottluff homestead, northeast of Oldham, the 6th child of Fred and Pearl (Olson) Rottluff.  Welcoming him to the family were four sisters and one brother.  Dean graduated from Oldham High School in 1967 and continued his education at Lake Area Technical School for two years.  Following a short residence in Minnesota, Dean moved to California for a time and then moved to Colorado where worked at DuPont.  Upon returning to South Dakota, he worked for Rapid Air in Madison.

Dean was an avid motorcyclist and built his own motorcycle at D & R from 1997-98 during his spare time and after work.  He attended many of  the Sturgis Motorcycle rallies.

When he retired, he continued doing what he loved the most: hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and helping family and friends with their projects.

Preceding his in death were his parents, one brother, three brothers-in-law and his last yellow lab, Buddy, who died one week prior to Dean’s death at the age of 15.

Mourning his death are:  his sisters, Mary Junker, Mavis Iwerks, both of Sioux Falls, Maxine Bickett of Centerville, Carol Blum (Spencer) of Cottage Grove, MN and Betty Hoff (Don) of Madison; many nieces and nephews, Randy and Doug Junker, David and Alison Iwerks, Denise Basche and Jeff Bickett, Michelle, Stuart, Jon Blum, Angela Craig, Johanna Rasmussen, Ryan and Justin Hoff.  Dean also had a special relationship with the Hackett kids: Derek, Dustin, Randi and their four children.

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