Rodney Sharp Obituary, Rodney A. Sharp (Rod),Has Peacefully Passed Away.

Friday afternoon, December 22, 2023, saw the entry of 76-year-old Rodney A. Sharp (Rod) into eternal life. He died quietly at home, surrounded by the people he loved most in the world: his family.

In Ishpeming, Michigan, on February 9, 1947, Rod was born to Irma and Clarence (Bud) Sharp. He had lived in Palmer all of his life. From Negaunee High School, he graduated. He spent two years in the US Marine Corps after graduating, something he was extremely proud of. Rod served as a volunteer firefighter and volunteer EMS provider for Richmond Township. Additionally, Rod assisted in instructing EMS classes. He was a member of the board for Richmond Township. He worked as a maintenance mechanic at Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. for 34 years.

He spent fifteen years working underground at Mather B before retiring from Empire Mine in 1999. He bravely battled cancer for six months after retiring, and a few years later, he suffered a stroke. Rod used to be an incredible dancer who loved to dance everywhere. He had the opportunity to travel to Florida, Nashville, Jamaica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. He cherished attending the games and activities for the grandchildren. It was exciting to have someone come take him on a journey, be it in a boat or a car. Later in life, Bonanza & Gunsmoke became his love. “Shush, this show is new,” he would say.

On September 2, 1995, he wed Kristina Sharp, and together they became a loving and committed couple. They’ve spent the last 28 years living in Sands Township.

In addition to his devoted wife Kristina, Rod is survived by his proud father of five children, who will miss him terribly and remember him for his boundless energy and laughs: Greg Sharp, Appleton, WI; Marquette – Cindy (John) Dorn – Amy (David) Cardinal, Lansing, MI – Lindsay Heino, Negaunee – Lisa (Bob) Strohm, Sweden.

Grandchildren: Lindsay (Roger)Ackerman, Chelsea (Tristen) Rockafellow, Helana Sharp, Kenzi Sharp, Jakob Dorn, Ethan Dorn, Michael Rector, Andrew Strohm, Marissa Strohm, Mara (Chris) Heino, Keira Heino, and Lindsay (Roger)Ackerman

Eli Rector, Aurora Rector, Miriam Ackerman, Natalia Ackerman, Alice Rockafellow, and Ariya Rockafellow are the great-grandchildren. Misha, his small dog companion who would curl up on his lap.

In addition, Rod leaves behind his brother, Jeff (Teresa) Sharp of Gwinn, and sister, Sandra Dees of Marquette. Paulette (Sam) Massenburg, Linda (Martin) Talsma, and their sister-in-laws Barry (Michele) Bahrman, Steven (Barbara) Bahrman, Dan (Pam) Bahrman, and David (Karen) Bahrman are the brothers-in-law. Many Special Friends, including Fran Nelson in particular, and many Special Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews.

Rod is now back with his brother Joe Sharp, mother and father-in-law Arline & Harold Bahrman, and other aunts, uncles, and cousins. His parents, Irma & Bud Sharp, are also with him.

Rod was a Loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa (PaPa) & Friend. His legacy will live on through the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing & laughing with him.

On Saturday, December 30, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, friends may call at the Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. Bill Hill will officiate at the services, which start at 1:00 pm. There will be a reception at the funeral home just after the service. In Skandia Cemetery will be his final resting place.

The family would like to thank Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice from the bottom of their hearts for all of their support and tender care for Rod and his family.