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Rodney Laughlin

January 24, 1945 - May 07, 2020

Visitation - Wednesday

May 13, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home

Funeral Mass - Thursday

May 14, 2020
- 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior

Nativity Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Rodney Laughlin

January 24, 1945 - May 07, 2020


Rodney Allen Laughlin, 75, of Fargo, ND, passed away on May 7, 2020 at Vibra in Sanford Medical Center.

Rod was born on January 24, 1945 in Wilton ND to Mike and Olga Laughlin. Rod lived on the family farm in Wilton ND during his childhood and graduated high school in Wilton. Rod went to Wahpeton State School of Science where he earned his degree in electrical contracting. Rod played baseball in college and his love of the game carried him through his entire life.

Rod married Rosalee in 1972 and together they raised six kids in Fargo ND.

Rod worked for Minnkota Power and Northern States Power before opening up his own electrical shop, Laughlin Electric, serving the Fargo/ Moorhead area. Rod took his trade down to Louisiana where he donated all of the electrical labor to Extreme Home Makeover. Rod also did Extreme Home Makeover in Minot, ND and Moorhead, MN. Rod also donated the labor to install baseball stadium lighting for baseball fields in South Fargo. Rod loved the game and loved to see kids play ball. Rod cultivated many relationships in his career as an electrician, was a positive force in the community, and many loved to do business with him.

Rod’s hobbies included gardening, anything home improvement or just tinkering in the garage, helping on the family farm, hunting and fishing. Rod valued his family and putting on big holiday celebrations and family get-togethers.

Rodney is survived by his wife: Rosalee Laughlin of Fargo ND; sons: Barry (Charlotte) Laughlin, Brian (Jeanne) Laughlin, Brad Laughlin and Anthony (Tiffany) Laughlin of Fargo ND; daughters: Michelle (Dennis) Zeiszler of Fargo ND and Melissa (Ryan) Schlinger of Waconia MN; 19 Grandkids and 7 Great-grandkids; brother Chuck Laughlin of Gillette WY and sister Norma Hochhalter of Wilton ND.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother and sister.

Pallbearers are Steven Peterson, Chad Laughlin, Michael Zeiszler, Thomas Zeiszler, Tanner Laughlin, Mason Laughlin, Charlie Laughlin, Jerome Schlinger and Trent Laughlin.

Services are as follows:
Visitation at Boulger Funeral Home on Wednesday May 13 from 5-7pm
123 10th St. S, Fargo ND 58103

Funeral at Nativity Church on Thursday May 14 at 11am. Visitation starting at 10am.
1225 11th St S, Fargo ND 58103

Luncheon to follow at Delta Hotel


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14 responses to “Rodney Laughlin”

  1. Art and Becki Nyhof says:

    Art and I were saddened to hear of Rod’s passing. Rod and Rosie made a great husband and wife team. Rosie your love and care for Rod was admirable. Our hearts and prayers are with you and Barry, Brian, Michelle, Brad, Missy and Anthony. All of our love. Art and Becki

  2. Ellen Hiedeman Linderman says:

    Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.💗

  3. Bev says:

    My dearest family. I have so many good memories of our family times. From dinners at Grandma and Grandpa Nyhof’s, the trip to Napa Valley, the trip as sister and hubby time to Medora, and family weddings. Just to list a few!

    Iam sorry I cannot make the trip to be at the funeral but know that Iam there in thoughts and prayers. Rod will be missed! Be strong and let’s be there for each other. Love Bev

  4. James Steinke says:

    I can honestly say Rod was a great person in that he trained several young men to be great electrician. He was always ready to help in any project we would work on. Rod never got real excited if things were going wrong, he would just look at you with that —– eating grin and we would figure it out. I kind honestly say he was a great person to work with. I will miss his humor and friends.

  5. The Beutin Family says:

    We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Rod. Rosie, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn his absence. Sending you all our love. Jen, Josh, Christian, Ben and Ellie

  6. Richard Warner says:

    Rose and Family our thoughts and prayers are with you and for Rod. May he rest in peace. The Warner Family

  7. Jon W Anderson says:

    Sorry to hear of Rod’s Passing. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and good nature when on the jobsite or in the office. He was a good business man and he will be missed. Please accept my condolences.

  8. Nicole Schoepke and family says:

    Rosie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Rod’s passing. I want you to know his joy and his presence in our lives has made such a positive impact, he will be greatly missed. God has said, never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. I believe that with my heart that and that he is holding Rod in his arms delivering him from suffering. I will pray for your peace and strength in these times. Your family loves you so much.

  9. Mark Stack says:

    We at Stacks Electric enjoyed doing business, and visiting with Rod. He was a good guy.

  10. Bob Hageman says:

    Rosalee, We are sorry to hear of Rod’s passing! I have many memories of our working relationship that grew into a great friendship. I wish you and the family the best! We all will remember Rod for the kind man he was. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve his death!
    Bob Hageman

  11. Glyn and Christina Netto, Mississauga, Canada says:

    Dear Melissa and Family,
    The loss of a loved one is never easy. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. We are hoping you will find some comfort in these words: “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us” Your Dad has passed on, but his thoughts, hopes, and dreams live on. Please accept our heartfelt condolence and may your Dad’s soul R.I.P.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong Melissa!

  12. Gene and Bev says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Caroline Marr (Carrie Marr) says:

    Rosalee and Family
    May your hearts, in the mist of this sorrow, be comforted with the assurance that one day, God
    will turn your morning into joy.
    With caring Sympathy,
    Carrie Marr

  14. Greg Rodlund says:

    So sorry to see this I’m sure he will be missed he was always such a kind and gentle man,Hugs!

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