Rodney Glenn Steinhauer, known and loved by many as “Steimy”, passed away Tuesday April 6, 2021, in his home in Arbuckle. For the majority of his life, Rod called Arbuckle home.

Rod was a graduate of Chico State University where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the Ag fraternity. After graduation he went to Arbuckle where he continued his passion for teaching at Pierce High School serving as an Ag Teacher.

In the late 90's and early 2000's he was able to exercise his knowledge, passion, and devotion of teaching to travel to Russia and Turkey to help cultivate the hybridization of Cucumber and Tomato seeds. After a number of years, his knowledge and enthusiasm were combine while working for Ag Water Chemical, a company that supported his passion. His career was devoted to Agriculture and the continued support of the farmers who feed this nation.

When Steimy wasn't working, he could be found enjoying the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Rod enjoyed waterfowl hunting in particular, but could always be found ready to bag a limit of dove on September 1st. In the fall he would often go out of state with friends to hunt deer and elk. A favorite spot for these trips was Colorado. More recently, he took a dream fishing trip to Alaska for King Salmon and Halibut.

He was ever present in the lives of his family, his friends, and their families. He held a great sense of pride in his family members, and their accomplishments. We will always carry his memory in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pierce High School, Ag Dept., 960 Wildwood Rd., Arbuckle, CA 95912. Services will be held at the Arbuckle Cemetery on Friday, April 16th at 1pm.

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Craig Headley

My friendship with Rod began in grammar school and continued throughout our entire lives. It is true, Rod dedicated his life and career to agriculture, teaching, hunting, fishing and devotion to his family members and his many friends, but I also knew Rod as a motorcycle daredevil, motor sports enthusiast, a pretty good golfer, and an excellent guitar player. We spent our early teenage years together pursuing those things with a fury. It was Rod who first introduced me to the music of Jimi Hendrix, The James Gang and T Rex. And it was then that we got the idea to start a band and begin chasing the dream of being rock stars. I'll bet most of you thought Rod would've been a country western guy...nope! It was all about loud guitars and drums! But we were not just rabble rousing rockers, we also came to know the Lord while attending church together in the early 70's. We both learned to fear and love The Lord God Almighty and I am so thankful to have shared that experience with him.

Rod and his sister Debbie were blessed to be raised by their loving grand parents, Holly and Eudora Miller, who also welcomed me into their home and lives. These years that Rod and I spent together as friends were some of the most important years of my early life. His grandfather Holly taught us both what it meant to be men of great character, to do things the "right" way, to work hard first and then go fish, hunt and play. We would often rise at 4:00 am on Saturday mornings to head out to the Forest Lake Golf Course to mow greens and rake sand traps, then jump in Holly's old Apache Pickup for a trip to Panther Creek to fish for trout. Good times! Really good times!! I also remember the countless times his grandmother "Dora" would pack Rod and his guitar and amplifier over to my house on G Street for band practice, and then sit patiently in her car for hours reading a book, while Rod, Rodger Parker, Jamie Ladd and I banged and thrashed away in the garage. They were fantastic grandparents and Rod's successful life bares that testimony. Even though our careers and interests took completely different courses Rod remained a true and loyal friend through all the years. He was one of a kind and I will miss his calls, the stories and the laughter, but will I always treasure the memories. So long for now my friend, I'll be seeing you soon. Psalms 33:3, Deuteronomy 4:31

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