Rodney D. Chiles

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rodney D. Chiles, 46, of Brazil, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

He was born April 22, 1968 in Clinton, Ind., the son of Doyle Chiles and Myrna Dunivan Chiles.

He graduated from Northview High School, Class of 1986.

He was currently working as a refrigeration technician for Thermo-King in Lafayette.

On June 27, 1987, Rod was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Tracy Butts Chiles. Together they have been the proud parents of two daughters, Kayla and Emily.

In the past, Rod's family lived in Mansfield and were the owners of "Hilltop Farm." During Covered Bridge Festival, the family pulled together and operated a parking lot in Mansfield as a business endeavor.

Rod loved to be outside, whether that was hunting mushrooms, doing landscape work or working on a construction project. He also enjoyed family time on their pontoon boat and other family events.

He was a very patriotic man and one special time of the year was July 2, celebrating Kayla's birthday with a large fireworks display.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy Chiles of Brazil; daughters Kayla Chiles (Greg Sanders) and Emily Lumsdon (Jared) of Brazil; his mother, Myrna Chiles of Bowling Green; grandson Rylan Lumsdon of Brazil; sister and brother-in-law Tina and Dan Coley; brother Rowdy Chiles; mother-in-law and father-in-law Wanda and Bob Butts of Brazil; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Libby Butts; nieces and nephews Zebb Butts (Heather Woods), Clara Terry (Vershon), Hannah Savil, Curtis Coley (Heather), Carrie Davis (Adam), Faith Chiles, Tristan Chiles and Ryder Chiles; special family friends, the Modglin family, and other extended family.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, with Rev. Bill Price officiating.

At his request cremation will take place with the ashes buried on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Calcutta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Humane Society, 8280 N. Co. Rd. 125, Brazil, IN, or to Wounded Warrior Project.

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