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Deceased Name: RODERIC "ROD" S. LAVICK

Roderic "Rod" S. Lavick, 92, of Cloquet, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Sunnyside Health Care Center.


He was born on Oct. 20, 1916 to Henry and Rose (Blum) Lavick.


Rod married beloved and devoted Peggy Davis on Dec. 24, 1941. In 1950, he opened Roderic's Furniture Store in Cloquet. Rod successfully operated the business for over 30 years before retiring in the early 1980's. During his life, Rod was an active and people-oriented person. He sponsored and participated on a bowling team for many years and was inducted into the Duluth Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Rod also enjoyed fishing and hunting. In addition, he was an avid golfer and sponsored the Rod Lavick Golf Tournament. As a community leader, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Dalles Masonic Lodge 181, A.F.&A.M., Carlton County Board of Adjustment, Cloquet Country Club, and Temple Israel. Even after retiring, Rod actively helped others. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, delivered prescriptions to those unable to get the medications on their own, provided customer services for City National Bank, and was a greeter at Wal-Mart. Rod was known for his playful personality, keen interest in cars, and at times his eyebrow-raising colorful outfits. Rod had many achievements, but he was proudest of his loving wife and family. He will be missed.


Rod was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald Lavick and Charles Lavick; and sister, Charlotte Lempert.


He is survived by his wife, Peggy Lavick of Cloquet; children, Joan (Jeff) Lava of Austin, Texas, Howard (Michaela) Lavick of Los Angeles, Calif., Neil (Marie) Lavick of Sierra Madre, Calif., Baylee (John) LaVoie of Medford, Ore.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jay), Joel (Sarah) , Davis, and Jay; grandchildren, Ken (Lorie), Mason (Carmen); and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Brandon, and Caila.


MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2009 in Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, followed with a luncheon in the fellowship room. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice. The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care to assist them with arrangements. See their online guest book at


Duluth News Tribune (MN)

Date: July 2, 2009






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