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Roderick Theodore Veit, 80, of Jefferson City, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born October 11, 1929, in Taos, Missouri to Clarence Albert and Anna Frances (Mertens) Veit. Mr. Veit was united in marriage to Rose Elizabeth Wieberg on June 1, 1949, in Vienna, Missouri who preceded him in death on September 21, 1996. He is survived by seven children: Michael (Linda) Veit, Carol (James) Duenow, Marilyn Veit, Dennis (Janet) Veit, all of Jefferson City; David (Nikki) Veit, of White Lake, Mich.; Kenneth (Becky) Veit, of Osage Bend; Mark (Tawnya) Veit, of Jefferson City; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence (Dorothy) Veit, of Jefferson City; Albert (Marlene) Veit, of St. Charles; Stan (Charlotte) Veit, of Osage Bend; two sisters, Mary Ann (Tom) Schmidt, of Florissant; Catherine Mulhall, of Wardsville; and one sister-in-law, Joyce Veit, of Florissant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Anna (Mertens) Veit; and one brother, Quentin Veit, of Florissant. Mr. Veit graduated from St. Peters School in Jefferson City, Mo. in 1947. During his lifetime, Roderick was employed by St. Mary's Hospital, the United States Post Office and the Division of Employment Security from which he retired in 1992 after over 40 years of service. Mr. Veit was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and an active member of the Holy Name Society. He volunteered at the Samaritan Center and he often volunteered at several other community activities which included Knights of Columbus barbecues, State Cross Country Meets and Cross Country Spaghetti Dinners. Rod lived a very active lifestyle. He pitched and played for the Osage Bend baseball team. He also played on local softball teams, Employment Security bowling team, coached baseball for his sons, and supported his grandchildren in their sporting events throughout the years. Rod enjoyed card playing, pitching horseshoes, hiking, running, walking, and traveling. Being a man of many talents, Rod designed and built a cabin on the Osage River, assisted and directed the building and remodeling of his families' homes. He upholstered and built furniture, worked on the family farm and was a creative mason and carpenter. Rod's greatest joy was spending time working on projects with his brothers and sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and providing them an opportunity to know and appreciate the great outdoors as he did by maintaining and continuing to care for the family farm and cabin along the Osage River. Rod's life was centered and grounded in his faith. He attended and served at daily Mass. His devotion to Mary and the rosary was his support in all things. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2010, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. David D. Cox officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Chapel Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Peru Missions in care of Immaculate Conception Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home. Those wishing to email condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.