Rodney “Rebel” Dean Akins, 65, of Cottage Hills, passed away at 3:07 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 22, 1949, in Ironton, Mo., the son of David and Orpha (Vogler) Akins.
Rodney served his country in the U.S. Marines. He was avid collector of memorabilia.
He is survived by his father, David of Ironton, Mo.; one son and two daughters and their spouses, Mike Akins of Bowling Green, Mo., Mickey (Chris) Erb of St. Louis, and Marty (Doug) Southard of Wood River; one stepson, Matthew Beatty in the U.S. Marines; 10 grandchildren, Dylan Akins, Sydney Akins, Michael Akins Jr., Noah Erb, Spencer Erb, Ella Erb, Henry Erb, Ryder Erb, Skylar Southard, Mattie Southard and was expecting a granddaughter, Millie Southard; one great-granddaughter, Brandi Akins; and his siblings, Burly Akins, David Akins and Tammy Fishbeck.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the funeral home with Chaplain Bruce Baumberger officiating.
Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
Memorials may be made to 5A’s Animal Shelter.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.