Rodney Paul Charbeneau, age 88, of Imlay City, MI passed away on May 11, 2020. He was surrounded by his loving family at his son’s home when he returned to the Lord. Rodney was born January 21, 1932 to the late Amiel and the late Viola (Jones) Charbeneau. He grew up in Mt. Clemens with five siblings and attended St. Mary’s Catholic school. He and his wife Diane (Koltys) began a family and they moved to Imlay City in 1966. He was a self-employed milk hauler and large truck mechanic, and he and brother Garth owned a farm equipment store and ice cream parlor. He later moved to Texas and married Beth Ann Draper, where he remained until returning to Imlay City in 2017. Rodney held many charitable causes close to his heart: St. Jude’s and several veteran’s organizations, to name a few.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; his children, Cheryl Kalisz of Sebastian, FL, Cathryn (Brian) Grachal of Lewiston, MI, Joseph (Betsy) Charbeneau of Imlay City, Colleen (William) Wildner of Naples, FL, Steven Charbeneau of Imlay City, Douglas (Dawn) Charbeneau of Metamora, MI, Jodi (Jonathan) Merkel of Grapevine, TX, Jenna (Dylan) Johnson of Fort Worth, TX, Jason Charbeneau of Fort Worth, TX, Julie Charbeneau of Montreal, Canada, Jacqueline Charbeneau of Fort Worth, TX; his sister, Gail Rak of Sterling Heights, MI; brother, Henry (Sandy) Charbeneau of Algonac, MI; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his brother-in-law, Donald Dick of Imlay City.

Rodney was preceded in death by baby daughter, Aimee Kristin; his brother, Garth Charbeneau; and sisters, Beverly Dick and June Palmer.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main St., Imlay City, MI, and cremation has taken place.

The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers from Hospice, especially in his final days.

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