Rodney Labat

Jan. 3, 1950-Sept. 30, 2013

MARSHALL – A memorial service to honor Rodney Lee Labat’s life will take place at 4 p.m. today at the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club at 6425 E. Teton in Mesa, Ariz. Donations can be directed to the United Cerebral Palsy Organization ( in Rod’s name.

He died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. in Mesa, Ariz., after a brief illness.

Rodney Lee Labat was born Jan. 3, 1950, in Marshall to Peter and Ida Labat. After high school graduation he attended college and graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1971 with a bachelor of science in political science and a minor in government.

He was in the life insurance industry for more than 35 years and worked with various companies until retiring in November of 2012. Rod and his wife, Connie, left Minneapolis and moved to Mesa, Ariz., permanently to celebrate their “golden years.”

Rod is survived by his wife of 27 years, Connie, and their four children, Jeff Bakke of Plymouth, Jonathan Bakke of Great Falls, Va., Lynn Hughes of Gainesville, Fla., and Natalie Spiczka of Sauk Rapids. Also, 12 grandchildren, Ellen, Jack, Alex, Lauren, Jenna, Brandon, Anne, David, Olivia, Zoey, Justin and Alaina. Grandpa Rod left a message to his grandchildren: “I will always love you and watch you grow – remember ‘the claw.'”

He is also survived by brothers Bob of Minneapolis, Roger of San Antonio, Texas, Ron, Dick, Russ, all of Marshall, and a sister Ruthann of Austin, Texas, along with many nieces and nephews.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Ida Labat, and brothers Rolland and Randy Labat.