Rodney Michael Sabol
September 25, 1962 - February 03, 2013
Rodney Michael Sabol, 50, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013.
Rod was born in East Helena, Montana on September 25, 1962 to the late John and Betty Sabol.
Rod’s interests focused on woodworking, hunting and cooking. He built his first gun case for his dad when he was 16. He then went on to build intricately worked blanket chests, quilt racks, nic-nac shelves, kitchen cabinets, deacon benches, bird houses – furniture and objects large and small. Rod was a gifted woodworker and spent hours in his shop creating beautiful works of art for family and friends, as well as in a professional capacity.
While he lived in Montana, Rod enjoyed hunting deer and elk, especially with his dad and brother, Jerry. He was a wonderful cook, recreating many recipes from his mother’s kitchen. When family and friends gathered, the anticipation of enjoying one of Rod’s meals was palpable – perfectly grilled elk steaks, tasty pasta and cream sauces, and mouth-watering cheesecakes were his specialties and enjoyed by all!
Rod graduated from Helena High School in 1981 and went on to the University of Montana Northern. He concentrated on metals technology, graduating in 1983. Rod was the biggest Grizz fan – EVER – attending many football games while in Montana and avidly following the team’s progress on TV wherever he moved.
From 1985-1991 Rod lived in Seattle and worked at Boeing Aircraft as the Manufacturing Engineering foreman responsible for managing corrective solutions to production problems associated with a variety of aircraft and tankers
He was the facilities manager for the Great Falls Pre-release in Great Falls, MT for a number of years and then became the facilities manager for the Mission Mountain School in the Seeley Swan Valley, Condon MT. There he was loved by many of the students and staff. He talked of them often and held them dear.
In 2010 Rod and his family retired to Florida. After settling in for a few years, Rod came out of retirement to become the Facilities Manager for Emeritus Assisted Living in Melbourne, FL. He loved working at Emeritus, and the residents, for whom he cared deeply, gave him much joy in return. Rod was especially fond of “Holy-Moley” and his talented painting partner.
Rod was a larger-than-life man with a wonderful sense of humor. Rod was a gentle, kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
His family includes his wife, Abigail Eddy Sabol; daughter Shannon N. Wheeler; Sons Specialist Christopher K. Sabol, US Army and Specialist Steven E. Wheeler, US Army; Nine grandchildren; a brother, Jerald Sabol and a sister, Evonne Mitton.
A celebration of Rod's life will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Avenue A & B Beachside, Melbourne Beach.