Rod Vitto, 69, of Casper, passed away Sunday October 24, 2021.
He was born to the late Gene and Harlene Vitto on September 3, 1952, in Casper, Wyoming. He was a ranch kid who knew how to work hard and play hard, especially when it came to motorcycles and cars. His family ventured to Oregon in his teenage years where he graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield in 1970 and met his soulmate, Renea Vitto (Hiibschman). Rod met Renea through her older brother, Harry, who dragged Rod home for a family dinner one night. It was love at first sight for Renea. Rod immediately became part of the family and in 1972 he and Renea married and began their adventurous story together. As a true city kid, it took a bit more than just a little encouragement from Rod for Renea to learn to love fast cars, motorcycles, fishing and hunting.
After high school, Rod obtained his Associates Degree in architectural drafting. While his career experiences took a winding path, it was one that lead him and his family back to his native Wyoming and made his goal of becoming a general contractor a reality. His greatest success was operating his own business. He took tremendous pride in his craftsmanship and loved to teach anyone willing to learn, anything and everything he knew.
Family was the only thing Rod took greater pride in than his work and skill. He and Renea have a daughter and son, whose accomplishments he reveled in. He taught them the value of hard work, to never settle and how to be independent. He learned one of life’s greatest joys when he became “Papa” to three amazing grandkids whom he cherished.
He had only recently ventured into his retirement years, more by force from his family than his own choosing, and had grandiose plans of catching the biggest fish out of Pathfinder that anyone has ever seen, traveling to Alaska to learn how to make totem poles, and reviving those spontaneous adventures he and Renea once enjoyed.
Rod is survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Renea; his daughter Angie (Kevin) Miller of Casper; his son Tony Vitto of Spearfish, SD; grandchildren Emily and Kyle Miller and Taylor Vitto; his sister Holly (Glen) Slaybaugh of Casper; and sisters Sue (Gary) Munkres and Beth (Alan) Hunter of Oregon. He is also survived by a long list of beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jim Parker.
Services will be held Monday, November 1, 2021, at 11:00am at Newcomer Funeral Home, with a gathering to follow at Ramkota Hotel.
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