February 2, 1940 – April 27, 2021
Rodney Edward Gouff, age 81, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 surrounded by his family. In 1941, his parents, Mitchell and Vaughn Gouff moved to San Luis Obispo County where he has lived ever since.
Growing up, working on the Eagle Ranch, Rod learned to work hard and appreciate natural beauty. He was a multi-sport high-school and collegiate athlete. He was also an accomplished artist and craftsman. Through his talent and artistic vision, he crafted a beautiful stone home for his family.
Throughout his life, Rod worked a variety of jobs including correctional officer, California Highway Patrol trooper, and owner/operator of the Atascadero A&W Drive-In restaurant. Whether building a house, rebuilding cars, welding complex machines or tenderly caring for his parents-in-law, he could do anything.
As a Boy Scout leader and a faithful church minister, Rod was well known for his generosity and service to others.
Rod married Diane Gustafson on December 20, 1960. He is survived by four children. Christine Sedley, Jennifer Miller, Noel Gouff and Rodney Gouff. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren and six great grandchildren. We will miss his loving spirit, council and guidance until we meet again.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
May 3, 2021
I had the privilege of working along side Rod for 3 summers (2005-2007). He taught me how to mix mortar, arc weld, back up a trailer, build a chimney, plumb a house, and operate a tractor.
I was always in awe at the art, heart, and skill he poured into our daily work.
When I struggle with patience, I think of the ways he exuded it.
When I make a sandwich, I always wish I had some potato or buttermilk bread instead of wheat.
I didn’t get much time with my grandfathers; those summers with Rod filled a void. They’re invaluable to me.
Thank you, Rod. For being someone I can look up to in every way.
~ Alex Hawes
April 30, 2021
I’m so very sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. He was one of the greats in our community. I have fond memories of he and my grandfather Meredith Gates sharing stories and solving world issues - out at Eagle Ranch.
My prayers are with all of you.