Rodney Mangum pic1Rodney LeRoy Mangum, 64, of Preston, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Ely, following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Rod was born March 10, 1951 in Ely, Nevada to LeRoy Edwin Mangum and Vendla Arlene Haslem Mangum.  He grew up in Preston, the oldest of five children.  He was active in the 4-H program, President of the FFA and lettered in football, basketball and track.  Rod graduated from Lund High School in 1969.   He then attended Denver Automotive Institute in Denver, Colorado where he met and married Cheryl Louthan, in 1970. They were blessed with daughters, Brandi and Kelli.

He worked as a diesel mechanic at Kennecott Copper.  After, he helped his family on Glen Lane Ranch in Preston farming, working cattle and hauling hay to California.

He met his soul mate Cheryl Joleen Heide in 1986. They married and with her three children, Christina, Sandy and Curtis, they raised their family of five children in Preston.  They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Las Vegas LDS Temple in 1991.

He worked for Foreland, hauling crude oil while helping his parents with their hay and firewood business.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rod held various positions throughout his life.  He enjoyed being with his family most of all.  He loved attending special occasions with his grandkids and tried to support them in everything they were involved in.  He enjoyed his nieces and nephews company as well and all of them have good memories of “Uncle Rod”.  He also liked outdoor activities including horseback riding, hunting, playing horseshoes and camping.  He was forever the meticulous mechanic, fixing and repairing cars, trucks, tractors and equipment to keep his family on the road and farming.  He helped his mother take care of the cemetery in Preston for many years. He had a love for animals, especially his dogs that have been his constant companions through his illness.

Rod will be remembered by his family and friends for his gentle spirit, infectious laugh and huge heart.

Rod is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl of Preston; mother, Arlene Mangum of Preston; children, Christina (Rick) Rimington of Lund, NV, Brandi (Matthew) Reber of Axtell, UT, Sandra (Dennis) Burns of Lund, NV, Kelli (J.R. “Max”) Maxfield of Mesquite, NV, Curtis (Anna) Gibson of Moapa, NV and son-in-law, Jason Egbert of Lund, NV; brothers, Rex (Jamie) of Preston and Rory “Pete” of Ely; sisters, Debra Jensen of Preston and Linda (Lou) Willfong of Lund.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren which were the light and love of his life, along with many nieces and nephews.

Rod is preceded in death by his father; grandson, Derick Jay Rimington and his in-laws, Joe and Boni Heide.

Funeral services will be in the Lund LDS Chapel on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00 am with Bishop Kerrick Ivins presiding.

Burial will be in the Preston Cemetery following the services.

Rod’s family would love to read any memories or stories that his friends and family would like to write down for them.

The Mangum Family would like to express sincere thanks to the loving staff at the White Pine Care Center, William Bee Ririe Hospital and the loving Hospice Volunteers for the love and support they have shown to our family.