Rodney Novak, 77

Rodney Dale Novak, 77, died peacefully and surrounded by family at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, N.D. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

Funeral services for Rodney were Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Hettinger Lutheran Church in Hettinger, N.D.  Pastor Selva Periannan officiated with burial in the Richland Cemetery northeast of Hettinger, N.D.

Visitation and a family service were Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at the Hettinger Lutheran Church.

The funeral was livestreamed the website

Rodney was born on Oct. 6, 1944, to Mary (Green) Novak. He grew up and attended schools all across North Dakota and Montana, later receiving his G.E.D. from Northfield High School in Wabash.

His fondest childhood memories were spent at his Uncles Harvey and George Green’s farms near Mott, N.D. In 1965, he was married to his beloved wife Sheila (Olson) in Hettinger, N.D., and moved to Wabash shortly after where they were blessed with three children: Sue Novak, Dee (Rob) Barr and Ryan (Emilee) Novak.

Rodney worked at Celotex in Lagro, for 8 years before starting his 12 year career as an owner/operator truck driver. In 1985, he went to work at Alloys in Wabash as a trailer repair mechanic, and later becoming a heavy equipment mechanic. In 2003, Rodney retired and returned, with his family, to the place he loved most, the Green family farm in North Dakota. 

Rodney enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, riding his motorcycles, cruising in his 1951 Chevy and watching the “traffic” go by. He spent many nights in the garage and at the racetrack supporting Ryan during his racing and derby careers. He enjoyed tinkering and always had a creative way to fix things – Sheila’s Gazabo being one of his many loved projects. He had a gift for making people laugh and was quick to lend a helping hand.

Rodney is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sheila; daughters Sue and Denise (Rob); son, Ryan (Emilee); brothers Daryl (Sabrina) and Don (Becky); sister Del Rae (Danny); brother-in-law Clayton (Cynthia); sisters-in-law Lois, Linda, Sheryl (Bobby), Elaine (Don) and Eve (Don); grandchildren Emily (Adam) and Nick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary; brother Mark; brothers-in-law Leo, Orlee, Marvin and Jack; and sisters-in-law Carol and Pat; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ole and Deborah Olson

Posted on 2021 Dec 07