Rodney "Rod" Kenneth HORWILL

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by love December 7, 2022

Aged 75 years

Dearly loved husband of Gwen

Loved father of Kane, Luke, Emily and

admired by their partners Eli, George and Tim.

Greatly adored Poppy of Felix, Olive, Humphrey;

Otto, Audrey; Harriet, and Teddy.

Forever in our hearts

In accordance with Rod’s wishes a private Funeral will be held

Tributes and condolences can be offered at Guyetts Funerals webpage

Funeral Notice



  1. Our very Special friend ‘Rod’ for many, many years.
    Will be sadly missed

    We shared so many happy times together
    – catch-ups, talks, trips, phone calls & card nights.

    Starting in teen years with Gwen & Charl driving to Melbourne most weeks to see “Our Guys” (Rod & Brian) on Wednesday nights

    A treasured friend in “Our Hearts” to keep.

    Deepest sympathy to Gwen, Kane, Luke, Emily & all the Horwill Families

    Langdon Brian & Charl December 17, 2022
  2. Deepest sympathy to Gwen, Kane, Luke, Emily & the Horwill Families

    Our very Special Friend ‘Rod’ for many, many years,
    Will be sadly missed.

    We shared so many happy times together –
    – catch-ups, talks, trips, phone calls & card nights.

    Starting in our teen years, with Gwen & Charl, driving to Melbourne most weeks to see “Our Guys” (Rod & Brian) on Wednesday nights.

    A treasured friend in ‘Our Hearts’ to keep.
    From Brian & Charl & family

    HORWILL Rodney Kenneth December 17, 2022
  3. Dear Kane, Gwen, Luke and Emily,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. While it’s been some time, my memories of Rod are of kind and caring man. My thoughts are with you all.

    Jennifer Coster December 15, 2022
  4. Thinking of you Kane and your family at this time. I have very fond memories of Rod when we were younger, he always welcomed us into your home, stirred things up when we’d see him on duty, and just looked out for you and your friends. Sending you all my deepest sympathy. Kirst Jenkins

    Kirsten Jenkins December 14, 2022
  5. From our times working together and our long talks at the Tea room table on night shift we all knew you were a man of your word. You dealt with many difficult “customers” as a Police officer but the good and the bad were all treated the same by you. With respect. A good Copper and bloke. Our sympathy to Gwen and the kids. Peter and Maxine MAY.

    Peter MAY December 13, 2022
  6. Thanks for the lovely memories Rod. Especially appreciated your quirky humour, your unique wisdom your strong belief in prayer and your great heart. Down to earth with that smile that probably covered up a lot of things that you kept to yourself. We sense that you are in a good place but your amazing Gwen and loving Kane, Luke and Emily and their families will miss you but no doubt they will look out for each other and keep your values and memories alive. God bless you all. Lynne & Phil Carter and family

    Lynne Carter December 12, 2022
  7. Deepest Sympathy to Gwen and family Rod was a true gentleman.
    Ian and Noellene Campbell and Family

    Noellene Campbell December 12, 2022
  8. Dear Gwen, Kane, Luke, Emily and your families. My deepest condolences for your loss.
    I always had the greatest respect for Rod and enjoyed working with him. He was a kind, honest, generous and humble man. We always had a lot of laughs.
    My thoughts are with you all.

    Ben Fisk December 12, 2022
  9. To Gwen and family
    I am so very very sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. For someone who did so much goodness in his life he didn’t deserve the sickness he suffered.
    Lots of love to you all xx

    Denise Wilkie December 12, 2022
  10. Rod was the best. Generous, humourous, inquisitive, caring and always interested in others, rather than himself. And a true family man.

    He will be sadly missed.

    Rest peacefully Rod.

    Pauline and David

    Pauline and David Pearson December 12, 2022
  11. Our sincere condolences to Gwen, Kane and family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Deepest sympathies,
    Dedy and Dianne Friebe and family.

    Dedy Friebe December 12, 2022
  12. To Gwen, Kane, Luke, Emily partners and families
    Such sad news to hear of the passing of a man of faith who has clearly made an impression on the lives of many others. Precious have been the life moments Margie and I and the boys have shared with Rod, his family and his great collection of mates
    A man who has inspired, stirred and brought fun into our lives. Blessings to you Gwen
    Peter, Margie and the Broadbent families

    Pastor Peter Broadbent December 12, 2022
  13. Rod showed so much courage, strength and fortitude dealing with his health issues over many years. Now at Rest.
    Sincere sympathy to Gwen and all the family at this difficult time.
    Take Care, Trina & Peter x

    Trina Jones December 12, 2022
  14. We were very sadden to hear the passing of Rod.Our friendship goes back to the time he joined the railways in the 60’s as a shunter and I taught him to learn the roads and signals of the yards. Our frienship and assocation grew from there. Our thoughts and sympathy to Gwen and family. Brian and Christine Griffiths

    Brian & Christine Griffiths December 12, 2022
  15. Our Deepest Sympathy to Gwen and Family on the passing of a loved husband and father. Rod was a wonderful and humble man, who was admired and respected by all. He filled his calling as a Police Officer passionately and with dedication. As part of the Emergency Services Family, Rod and I had a lot of communications with each other – between the Police Force and the Fire Service. His Police Colleagues, will be very saddened by his passing, as will the wider Emergency Services of Warrnambool. It was an honour to know him. Thinking of Gwen and the family at this sad time.
    May Rod rest in peace.
    Daryl & Heather Love and Family.

    Daryl Love December 12, 2022
  16. Sympathy to Gwen and family on the loss of a great man. Rod made us very welcome when we first came to Warrnambool and we had many great meals and conversations together. RIP Rod it was a pleasure knowing you.

    Moose and Rhonda Manoel December 12, 2022
  17. We pray God’s blessings on Gwen and family at this sad time.We remember Rod, this lovely man, with heartfelt respect and affection.
    Grenville & Maureen Kerton

    Grenville & Maureen Kerton December 11, 2022
  18. Another dear colleague gone to his spirit lands and we are going to miss our dear mate … a devoted and tireless worker to seek ways to build that bridge of acceptance and understanding between the Policing and Aboriginal Communities … you were always there for us Rod and your work mates
    Much thoughts of Comfort go to dear Gwen and families in your time of sorrow

    Lenny Clarke and Family and the Aboriginal Community

    Lenny Clarke December 11, 2022
  19. Deepest condolences to Gwen and Family on the passing of Rod. Thankyou Rod for your friendship when Pete had his stroke and the years to follow. Thinking of you all. Jenni Jeffery

    Jennifer Jeffery December 11, 2022
  20. Dear Finny, so very sad to hear of your darling Rod’s passing. Words are not enough. Please know that your nursing buddies are thinking of you. Sending love hugs and prayers to you, the kids and the grandies. xx Red

    Helen Smith December 11, 2022
  21. To Gwen and family
    I have many great memories of time spent talking to a thoughtful, gentle man.Farewell Rod Sincere condolences
    Graeme Mason

    Graeme Mason December 10, 2022
  22. Our thoughts are with you Gwen, Kane, Luke, Emily, partners and Grandchildren, as you
    mourn the loss of your dear ‘Rod’.
    May you be strengthened by the many precious memories of your loved one.
    Love, Kaye and Neil Johnstone. XX

    Kaye Johnstone December 10, 2022
  23. Dearest Gwen and family our sympathies on the loss off your beloved Rod passing ,
    vale digger.
    Graham sue Kelly & family

    Sue kelly December 10, 2022
  24. A truely gentle man to work with, who was extremely witty and mischievous. Rod was always up for a laugh. Sincere condolences to all Rod’s family.
    Kindest Di Thomson

    Di Thomson December 10, 2022
  25. Extremely sorry to hear of Rod’s passing.Rod and I go back to the early 60’s where with Ray Jones (dec) we surfed Bells Beach before it became famous and did a lot of spearfishing over the years, I will miss him greatly. Condolences to Gwen and the family

    Barry Govan December 10, 2022
  26. Rod was a wonderful man and very funny with it. He was the first sergeant I worked with in the station and nothing fizzed in him. I respected him as I do every Vietnam veteran and I know that like the rest he probably suffered in silence. Rest In Peace dear friend I am so sad we did not have more time together. It’s been an honour to have known you. Rest In Peace and condolences to Gwen and the rest of your family. You will be sadly missed.

    David MacPhail December 10, 2022
  27. So deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and workmate. Rods humour & antics lifted the spirits of our work environment, and made it a far better work place. Condolences and prayers to Gwen & family.

    Glen Riddle December 10, 2022
  28. Gwen, sending you and your family our deepest sympathy. Rod was a wonderful man and will be missed by all that were lucky to have known him. Thinking of you and sending our love. Bernie and Louise

    Louise Crowe December 10, 2022
  29. Our dearest mate Rodders.
    What a great time we had over 51 years…The fun, tricks, laughter and lots of love during those prayer times.
    I have your new address so i will send your ‘welcome home’ card there.
    Thanks for being such a great friend.

    We shall miss you Rodders but always in our hearts.

    Noel & Pat Bell

    Noel & Pat Bell December 10, 2022
  30. To Gwen & Family.
    Thinking of you all at this time on the passing of Rob.
    He was a true gentleman.

    Love Jennie & Gavan
    Janelle & Byron and family.

    Janelle MacGregor December 10, 2022
  31. To Gwen & family,deepest sympathy to you all on the passing on Rod.

    Love from Jennie & Gavan
    Janelle & Byron and family.

    Janelle MacGregor December 10, 2022
  32. Deepest sympathies to the Horwill family on the passing of Rod.

    Sara Morrison (née van Rooy) December 10, 2022
  33. It is with a heavy heart to hear of Rods passing. I am so sorry and send my sincere condolences to Gwen and your family. He was such a wonderful and interesting man to work with. I have a few wonderful stories of my time working with him. My favourite involved a group of garden gnomes that had not been claimed. (Won’t tell tales though Rod.) And working night shift and “Houlahan” would come out over the radio, howling as there was a full moon. Many funny times were shared. He was the founding person for “The Gaza Strip”. It was an honour to know you and so sad that you have passed. Will be thinking of you Gwen. My thoughts to the Horwill family, from Trudy x

    Trudy Morland December 10, 2022
  34. So very sorry to hear of Rods passing, thinking of you Gwen and family Remembering some fun times together
    Rhonda Hodges and family

    Rhonda Hodges December 10, 2022
  35. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved husband Rod , Gwen . Our thoughts are with you , the children and family . He was able to be loved and farewelled in his home by those dearest to him – how special for all of you . He has left his mark in a unique way with his calm + gentle way of managing life’s challenges . Farewell Rod . God bless. Lyn + Jeremy Gilmour.

    Lyn Gilmour December 9, 2022
  36. Thinking of you Gwen & family at this very sad occasion of Rods passing . As time goes bye you will smile again at the lovely memories you all made together .
    Heather & Gary Bridgman .

    Heather Bridgman December 9, 2022