Rodney Dee Jones

Rodney Dee Jones

1944 – 2023

Beloved brother, husband, father, and grandfather.  He is survived by his wife, Linda, and his two grandchildren, Madeline and Jude.  Rod dedicated more than 30 years to Westside Community Schools as an elementary teacher and principal.

SERVICE: Saturday, December 30th at 11am at Lutheran Church of the Master, 1200 N. 181st Ct. in Elkhorn. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Kiwanis of West Omaha.  To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the page.


Rodney Dee Jones was born to LeoNina Buss and Lavern Jones on September 5, 1944 in Norfolk, Nebraska. He was the oldest of three children, followed by his brother Marvern and sister Ruthie. Growing up, Rod spent his early years helping on the family farm and attending a one room schoolhouse in Randolph, Nebraska.  Rod attended Randolph High School and graduated in 1962. He understood the importance of higher education and went on to earn his Associate of Arts Degree from Norfolk Junior College. Rod then earned his BA and Masters degrees in elementary education from Wayne State College. His administrative endorsement was later granted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Rod’s teaching career began at G. Stanley Hall Elementary in Papillion, NE in 1964. This is where he met his wife Linda in January of 1967. They were married the following summer in June of 1969. In 1971, they moved to District 66 where Rod taught at Swanson Elementary. One year later, he joined Oakdale Elementary as a 5th & 6th grade team leader and teacher for 17 years. Through the early ’90s Rod was appointed the Teacher Leadership position at Prairie Lane Elementary and in the fall of 1995 gained the position of Principal at Loveland Elementary.  This administrative position carried Rod until his “retirement” in 2000.

Rod continued to give back to his community after teaching. He was a proud member of Kiwanis and a mentor in District 66. In his volunteering endeavors, Rod was recognized through numerous awards for his selfless and innovative work to serve others. Above all, Rod devoted his life to his family. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. His marriage to Linda lasted 54 years in which they adopted their only son, Garrett. Rod spent his free moments traveling, golfing, hunting, and fishing with his family and close friends. Rod enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren, Madeline and Jude.

Rod passed peacefully on December 21, 2023 surrounded by his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvern; and son, Garrett. Rod is survived by his wife, Linda; sister, Ruthie; and two grandchildren, Madeline (23) and Jude (10).


  • Jane and Bob Patterson Posted December 24, 2023 8:32 am

    Linda, we were sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. He left a wonderful legacy for you and the grandchildren. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if we can do anything for you.

  • Judy Broghammer Posted December 25, 2023 3:39 pm

    Rod will be missed greatly. I wish I could come back to Omaha for the funeral but Steve will be there. He and Rod were best friends for over 50 years. Linda, we are always there for you if you need us (except when we are in Arizona). We are friends for life and loved Rod and love you.

  • Steve and Roberta Fulton Posted December 27, 2023 8:00 am

    Linda – Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss of Rod. Our deepest condolences- Sincerely, Steve and Roberta Fulton

  • Sue Evanich Posted December 30, 2023 8:39 am

    Rod was a wonderful educator who I respected and appreciated. He was kind & welcomed me into Westside. He leaves a long and meaningful legacy. I am sorry for his passing and know he will be deeply missed.

  • Taylor Bopes Posted December 30, 2023 10:52 am

    To a wonderful man and family, we will miss you greatly. Thank you for touching our lives in such a special way! -Legato Family

  • Sandra Kuhlman Posted December 30, 2023 10:53 am

    Linda you have our deepest sympathy Rodney was truly a wonderful friend and classmate and will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.

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