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Rodney Calkins

May 31, 1937 — February 22, 2023

Roosevelt, UT

    Rodney Ralph Calkins, age 85, of Roosevelt, passed away February 22, 2023, at the Uintah Basin Sr. Villa with his family by his side
    He was born May 31, 1937, in Circle, Montana, to Lloyd and Hazel Estelle Rogers Calkins.  He was raised in Post Falls , Idaho and graduated High School in Clarkston, Washington. The day after graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Elsie Kauffman, they later divorced remaining lifelong friends.   
    He moved to Amarillo Texas in 1976 and shortly after arriving he met Rosemary Riley, they remained together until her passing in 2004.   Rodney lived a wonderful life, with a colorful sense of humor.  He was very artist and had many talents. He loved designing things and this included bars.  He remodeled, built, owned and operated numerous bars in Amarillo and Colorado.  
    In his free time, he enjoyed riding his side-by-side in the mountains, making knives and jewelry.  Another favorite pastime was playing cribbage and dominos with friends.   
    Rodney is survived by his daughters, Shonie Barker, and Rodeana (Glenn) Shelton, both of Roosevelt; grandchildren, Chad (Natalie) Barker, Jesse Barker, Blake (Andi) Calhoun, Whitney (Taylor) Jeski, Jasmine Shields and Samantha Spitzer; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, and the best friend a man could have, Bobby (Kathy) Chandler. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents, life-partner Rosemary; Son-in-law Jeff Barker, a great-granddaughter, Mila Calhoun; siblings, Naomi Quentin, Delos Calkins; and a step-son, Sam Riley. 
        He was cremated, per his wishes, and the family will hold services at a later date. The family wishes to thank the amazing staff at UBMC Senior Villa, the love they
give is unmeasurable and so appreciated.

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