Rodney Russell Gusler

Rodney Russell Gusler

Rodney Russell Gusler
October 18, 1951 – January 10, 2018

WENDELL – Rodney Russell Gusler, 66, died Wednesday with his family surrounding him. He was born in Giles County, VA, to Charles Russell & Phyllis Stump Gusler. Rodney worked for the NC Department of Corrections as a Structural Engineer. He was a quiet, intelligent man with a sweet soul. He enjoyed camping, woodworking spending time with his family and was known lovingly as Pop Pop & Papa Bear.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deborah Morris Gusler of the home, children; Christi & William Boggs of Wendell, Jason & Heather Gusler of Knightdale, grandchildren, Breanna, Kayla, & Caleb Boggs and Jayna Rushing.

The family has decided to remember him in a private celebration of his life. His family cherishes & thanks you for your thoughts, love, & prayers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads Fellowship Missions in support of local missions

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.


  • Deanita Sarver Verbeck Posted January 11, 2018 6:42 pm

    Rodney was an amazing person. I knew him in high school- full of love and laughter. My prayers are with each of you !

  • Paula Taylor Posted January 11, 2018 7:04 pm

    Debbie, Christy, William, Breanna, Jason…
    I loved Rodney’s wit and dry sense of humor. He was so quite, and so dear. I love how you loved each other. May God comfort you with wonderful memories. Much love.

  • Sammy & Carolyn Boggs Posted January 11, 2018 7:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss, we have you in our thoughts

  • Megan Brooks Posted January 11, 2018 7:41 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You all are like family, please let us know if we can do anything! Praying for you! Love you guys!

  • Barbara(Warner) Whitehead Posted January 11, 2018 8:19 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. David and Barbara( Warner) Whitehead , Giles High School Class of 1970

  • Diana Johnson Posted January 11, 2018 8:26 pm

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Neneh Posted January 11, 2018 9:30 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Chris and Cindy Evans Posted January 11, 2018 9:50 pm

    Christi we are so sorry to hear about your dad! William came to see me in the hospital earlier in the week and told us he was very sick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Carrie Hughes Posted January 11, 2018 10:02 pm

    Love and prayers!!!

  • Dr Shelly West and Staff Posted January 11, 2018 10:27 pm

    Deborah, we are so sorry to hear about your husband, prayers to you and your family.

  • Jackie Dickerson Hunter Posted January 11, 2018 11:10 pm

    Debbie I’m so very very sorry to hear about Rodney’s passing please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time

  • Dale Williams Posted January 11, 2018 11:17 pm

    It breaks my heart for you to hear about Rodney. Will keep you & your family in prayer. Love you dear.

  • Linda Lewis Posted January 11, 2018 11:20 pm

    Debbie, sorry for your loss. Prayer of comfort, peace, and strength for you and your family! Love you, Kenith and Linda.

  • Jane Saville Posted January 12, 2018 7:01 am

    Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will give you strength for the days ahead.

  • Kenny Boothshar Posted January 12, 2018 7:23 am

    Debbie, we are praying for you and the family. We are so sorry for Rodney’s passing. Please, know that you all will be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. II Corinthians 1:2-5.
    Love you, Kenny and Sharon

  • Babara Watson Posted January 12, 2018 7:40 am

    Debbie, Christy, and Jason
    I am deeply sorry for your great sorrow. May you each be filled with a peace that surpasses all human understanding. Remembering standing along side Debbie and Rodney when they vowed their commitment to one another. 44 Years is blessing. May all the special memories shared together buoy your hearts and may the God of all comfort embrace you during your times of grief.

  • DeborahBroce Posted January 12, 2018 8:24 am

    Rodney was always a smiling friendly face , everywhere he went. Great sense of humor. Super smart, but humble. May God Bless his family with Comfort and Peace. Debbie Broce Classmate in Giles High School.

  • Anna C Williams Posted January 12, 2018 10:09 am

    So sorry Debbie. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers

  • Alvita Roberts Posted January 12, 2018 1:10 pm

    So sorry! Such a terrible loss. My prayers are with Debbie, Jason, Heather, and the rest of the family. My heart gpes out to you all.

  • David Stafford Posted January 12, 2018 5:38 pm

    I just saw this and was shocked. You have been through a lot lately with your Mom, Phillip and now Rodney. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and hope that God will bless you and help you through this.

  • Steve Ballard Posted January 12, 2018 5:46 pm

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about Rodney. It came as a tremendous shock. I thought the world of him, sharing classes at Giles and at VT. His sense of humor was always on. I can see Rodney delivering one of his one-liners, and the way his eyes got big and his lips kinda puckered at the end of his delivery. I’m smiling, thinking about it.

    The last I saw Rodney, I was in Raleigh trying to recruit him to come to work for me in the engineering consulting field in the Norfolk, VA area. He wasn’t leaving that area, or the NC DOT. But it was good to see him.

    Please accept my deepest sympathies in his passing, Debbie. If there is anythng I can do for you, please let me know. I trust that Rodney’s soul is in excellent hands now with our Lord God, and I pray that he will comfort you with his grace and love.

  • Ellen and Shorty Aman Posted January 12, 2018 9:22 pm

    We are so sorry to hear this news! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this very difficult time. Love, Ellen and Shorty Aman

  • Janice Wiggs Posted January 17, 2018 9:11 pm

    It was truly an honor to meet and spend time with your family! You are all strong and truly amazing people. You understand the true meaning of family and show love and compassion to others. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep y’all in my prayers and wish you peace in this difficult time.

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