Rodell L. “Van” Jarden

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Rodell L. “Van” Jarden, age 76 of Marine, IL, died Friday, March 25, 2016, at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL.

He was born June 22, 1939, in Staunton, IL, the son of Udell and Irma nee Poore Jarden.

On August 15, 1961, married Violet Dunlop in Londonderry, Northern, Ireland UK. She survives in Marine, IL.

Born and raised at Staunton, IL. He served with the National Guard for two years; then joined the US Navy, served on the USS Dealey (Destroyer Escort) as a Machinist’s Mate, during “Blue Bat Operation” in the Lebanon Cold War Crisis. After his service he returned to Staunton and painted with his father. Later he was a printing supervisor at Hano, Mt Olive, IL; then a supervisor at Wall Street Journal, Highland, IL from 1967 to 1981. He then was a painter and home decorator until retiring in 2001. He and his wife vacationed with family. He enjoyed the outdoors, yard work, time with family and was a big fisherman.

Survivors include :
Wife – Violet —- Jarden, nee Dunlop, Marine, IL
Daughter – Dawn C. (Steve) Polus, Marine, IL
Daughter – Jennifer L. (David) Rikli, Highland, IL
Daughter – Tanya (Mark) Slifka, New Douglas, IL
Grandchild – Ashley N. (significant other-Keith Parish) Dresch, New Douglas, IL
Grandchild – Alisha C. Dresch, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild – Annie M. (boyfriend-Armand Kleb) Polus, Marine, IL
Grandchild – Carl J. Rikli, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Nicholas R. (girlfriend-Brittany Davidson) Rikli, Granite City, IL
Grandchild – Patrick A. (Nicole) Rikli, Surprise, AZ
Grandchild – Hillary G. Rikli, Springfield, IL
Grandchild – Emily S. Slifka, New Douglas, IL
Grandchild – Natalie G. Slifka, New Douglas, IL
Grandchild – Andrew G. Slifka, New Douglas, IL
Great Grandchild – Trinity L. Dresch (twin), New Douglas, IL
Great Grandchild – Quentin J. Dresch (twin), New Douglas, IL
Great Grandchild – Noah R. Polus, Litchfield, IL
Great Grandchild – Nikolle A. Rikli, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Carl J. Rikli, Highland, IL
Step Son – Ian E. Polus, Litchfield, IL
Step Son – Lyle D. Polus, Hillsboro, IL
Sister – Maxine (Don) Morgan, Jacksonville, FL
Sister – Donna L. (Harley) Linn, Santa Fe, NM
Sister – Billy J. Simons, Phoenix, AZ

He was preceded in death by :
Father – Udell Frederick Jarden
Mother – Irma Maxine Jarden, nee Poore
Step Father – William “Bill” Simons (since Rodell was age 12)
Brother – Jerome D. Bond
Brother – Carl Dean Jarden

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine, IL.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine, IL.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine, IL., with Rev. Maurice Alms officiating.

Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude’s Children Research Hospital .