MADISON-Rodney Allen Michaelis, age 45, of Madison, chose to leave this earth on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

He was born on April 23, 1971, in Madison, the son of Marie Swenson and Scott Michaelis. Rodney graduated from East High School in 1989. He loved to fish, camp and bike. He also enjoyed the Packers, crime stories, cooking and had a love for dogs. Rodney had a big heart and was always eager to give a helping hand.

Rodney is survived by his parents, Marie (Craig) Swenson and R. Scott Michaelis; twin brother, Robert Michaelis; sister, Christine Michaelis; step-grandfather, Milo Swenson; uncles, Raymond (Mary) Vogt, Robert Vogt and Chris Pierson; and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joe and Dolly Rocca; paternal grandparents, Dick and Betty Michaelis; aunts, Wendy Vogt and Nancy Pierson; and uncle, Daniel Vogt.

A Celebration of Life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Please wear comfortable attire, including Packers gear. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

From the outside looking in you can never understand and from the inside looking out you can never explain.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive