Roderick John Chaudoir, 83, recent resident of Saukville, WI, and lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died peacefully, Sunday morning, April 28, 2013, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, WI, with family at his side.
He was born August 13, 1929, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Eli and Rose (Galleon) Chaudoir. Rod graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and attended Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). During high school, he worked for Schofield Hardware Store with his Dad who was the manager. Upon the completion of his education, Rod began working for Hatco Corp. where he eventually rose to become President, CEO, and Chairman of Board.
He was married to Lynn (Blazer) Chaudoir for 23 years. They had four children together.
His second marriage was to Jewel “Judy” Polk. They shared 33 years together. Judy preceded Rod in death in March of 2011.
Rod maintained residences in Sturgeon Bay, WI, Fox Point, WI and Boca Raton, FL. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. He was also a member of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. He loved his work with Hatco and all of the opportunities it provided for him to challenge himself and the entire Hatco "team" to always grow and improve. He enjoyed mentoring employees and was always quick with a joke to help people feel at ease. Roderick loved hardware, collecting and repairing antique clocks, and the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed boating, traveling, and playing cards with his friends.
He will be dearly missed by his two sons, Tom Chaudoir of Cedarburg, WI, Dan (Jodi) Chaudoir of Port Washington, WI; daughter, Dinah (Don) Federer of Sheboygan, WI; niece, Ann (Paul) Daniel of Pewaukee, 10 grandchildren, David, Tom, Colleen, Trina, Andrea, Butch, Jason, Nathan, Andrea Lynn, Matt; great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elaine Chaudoir; nephew, Steve (Jan) Chaudoir; great-niece, Meg Daniel; other great-nieces; great-nephews; and many good friends in Door County and Milwaukee, especially the people at Hatco Corp.
Rod was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judy; son, John Chaudoir; sister, Mary Shatusky; brother, Richard Chaudoir; nephew, Don Chaudoir; and his children’s mother, Lynn Blazer Chaudoir.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Robert Konkol as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Saturday, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Roderick’s name to Sharon S. Richard Community Hospice (W2580 State Road 28, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085).
Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at http://www.huehnsfuneralhome.com/.