Rod Newton, 67, of Troy, MT passed away on May 25th, 2021 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was raised in Sandpoint, ID. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1972 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business from The University of Idaho. He began working full time for GTE, and it was during this time, while working in a hole locating a phone line, that he met his future wife, Kris. They wed in September, 1977, and added two sons and a daughter to the family over the next few years. They moved to Troy, MT in 1985 where he continued working in telephone communications until his retirement in 2015.
Rod was happiest when surrounded by his family. He enjoyed telling stories to get people laughing, spending time on the floor playing with grandkids, and sneaking treats to his granddogs. Rod also loved hunting, fishing, and raising birds, gardening, and visiting with his countless telephone customers over his 39 year career.
Rod is survived by his wife, Kris; children Melanie, Darin (Rebecca), and Neil (Robyn); brothers Skip (Helen) and David (Ann); grandchildren Kira, Seth, Eyrie, and Cassin.
In remembrance of Rod, in lieu of cards or flowers, his family would request that you donate to a local youth sports organization.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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