Rodney William Gaston

Rodney William Gaston, 33, Topeka KS, passed away March 3rd, 2019. Rodney was born in Topeka, Kansas on February 23rd, 1986 to Rodney W. Gaston and Annette Eakes. Rodney is survived by parents Annette Eakes, Thomas Kelly, and Trina Gaston, siblings Hillary, Pamela, Bryan, Kaitlyn, and Mackenzie, and his grandparents Joseph Eakes, William & Geraldine Gaston, and Hal & Karen Dunn. Rodney is proceeded in death by his father Rodney Gaston and Grandmother Marian Eakes. Rodney’s Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 9, at 1200 SW Executive Dr., Topeka, KS 66615.

Anyone who knows Rodney understands that he was a fierce and relentless warrior. His fight started on December 3, 1990 when, at the age of 4, Rodney was the first pediatric open heart surgery in Topeka, KS.  Over the next twenty-nine years he faced three additional open heart surgeries and a multitude of health issues. Through it all Rodney always had a smile on his face, teasing anyone who walked in his room, and always strove to improve the day of everyone around him in whatever way he could.  Rodney’s heart may have been structurally weak but it was always full of love and it was largely through his resilient will alone that he was able to stay with us all of these years. He loved cars, heavy machinery, being a shithead, practical jokes, educating new nurses about his unique case, a good party, and, above all, his family. For Rodney, blood wasn’t the only way to define a family and there are many of you that he considered as such. He would fight as fiercely for his friends & family as he did against his health and his love was a remarkable gift that we all will treasure for a lifetime. One of Rodney’s favorite things to do was to be with friends and family, telling stories of his practical jokes, mishaps, or all the other wild things we experienced with Rodney. To honor Rodney, his family has requested that you share any photos, videos and/or your favorite memories by emailing them to If you feel comfortable with the story being shared at his celebration, please make a note in the e-mail. If you are comfortable with the story being shared but are not comfortable sharing it yourself, please let us know and we will have a family member share your story for you.

On Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 3:00 pm, Rodney’s family will receive and greet guests for Rodney’s Celebration of Life. At 4:30 pm, Rodney’s obituary, authored by Chad Michel Logan, will be read. Following the reading of the obituary, the family will invite attendees to share any memories or stories they cherish. At the conclusion of our reminiscing, the family invites you to enjoy Rodney’s favorite foods and drinks.

Attire for the event: anything Chiefs, the color blue, or KSU as these were his favorite things. Yes, I know he is rolling his eyes at me for including an “event attire” section. Memorial donations can made at or checks can be made out to Hillary Lolley c/o Rodney Gaston and sent to P.O. Box 8537 Topeka KS, 66608. 

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  1. I was so saddened to learn about Rodney’s death. When my daughter was in school with him he was such a great kid. Always had a smile or a joke… He will be missed by many till we meet again !! my heart goes out to the family❤

  2. Annette and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s tuff to lose anyone but your child is just not supposed to happen.
    My heart is with you. I’m not able to make it today but know I’m thinking of you

  3. I grew up with Rodney, some of our best memories was at the Holton pool in the summer time and always hanging out at the football games on Friday nights. No matter what that kid had a smile on his face like nothing In the world was even wrong with him. Gonna miss you brotha, RIP friend…..

  4. RIP Rodney.
    I didn’t know Rodney but reading his story I would be proud to me his grandmother
    To his family, his friends, a neighbor anyone that knew and loved him I’m jealous.
    Go to his memorial and thank God for the time you had with him.
    Tell the stories and laugh or shed a tear. He will be with you and feeling so proud to say these are MY family, MY Friends I love you and will be waiting for you in heaven.
    Grandma ‘s.

  5. Iannetta, wow, I am so sorry to see this. My heart is heavy for you and family. May God lift you up through this rough time. Hugs. Melissa Theel

  6. Barbie and extended family….I did not know Rodney, but after reading his obituary, I am sure I would have loved him.
    So sorry for your loss; continue celebrating all your wonderful memories and may those sustain all of you during this most difficult time.

  7. I got to know Rodney from working at the school and through my kids. To hear of his passing made me very sad. He was a great kid who lived life to the fullest and always had a smile to share. Our sincere condolences to his family & friends. Hugs & Prayers.


    The Dallman Family

  8. I was blessed to spend a lot of time with Rodney during his childhood. He was a very busy rambunctious little guy. His smile and crystal blue eyes always warmed my heart.
    Thank you Annette for sharing Rodney and your girls with me. We have so many good memories with our kids growing up together. I truly loved Rodney like my own. God bless your entire family, may he bring comfort to your soul.

  9. Rodney was like another son to me I will always remember his laugh. He always had a hug and a smile. I can still see him and Tyler laying the new floor in my kitchen and then a year later doing the same for my mom. I will miss not having you over for holiday meals and helping shoot off fireworks on the 4th. RIP my son you will live on in my heart forever.
    Your love of life was contagious and your smile a magnet for all love. When Mya scans the skies this summer looking at the stars give her a wink so she will know which one is you. Love you bunches

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