Stephen M Rodick
June 3, 1956 - February 11, 2014
Stephen M. Rodick, 57, passed away at 4:59pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Memorial Hospital. Steve was born on June 3, 1956 in South Bend to Donald and Elizabeth (Reiter) Rodick. He was a graduate of LaSalle High School and Hillsdale College. Steve was the former career rushing leader at Hillsdale and 2nd team All-American. He also held many other athletic accomplishments at Hillsdale and LaSalle. Steve dedicated his life to young children and coached over 20 years in Douglas County, Georgia and South Bend with the values of Class, Dignity, and Respect. Surviving are his parents Donald “Dutch” Rodick and Betty Rodick both of South Bend; daughter Ashley (Jeff) Foster of Marietta, GA; two sons Wesley Rodick of Pendleton, SC and Taylor Rodick of Auburn, AL; a grandson Cason; sister Christine (Randy) Pullin of South Bend; three brothers Greg (Julie) Rodick of Indianapolis, Doug (Kathy) Rodick and Joe Rodick both of South Bend and numerous nieces and nephews and girlfriend Lori Lupresto of south Bend. Steve was preceded in death by two brothers Donald “Dutch” Rodick II and Robert “Bird Dog” Rodick and a nephew Donald “Dutch” Rodick III. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Saturday, February 15, 2014 in Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 Friday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 South Kemble Avenue. To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at, or our facebook page, Zahoran Funeral Home.

Funeral Information


Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 Friday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 South Kemble Avenue.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Saturday, February 15, 2014 in Holy Cross Catholic Church.


Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery

Sharon McCulley- Conrad

My prayers go out to the Rodick family. May you find peace in the happy memories you share.

tina (bell) donica

I'm am so sorry for your loss. Just know that the whole Rodick family are in our prayers and hearts right now. Love you all !!!! Tina (bell) donica

Tim Kuhar and Family

Rodick Family: Sorry for your loss. Tim and Deb Kuhar

Alan Kowalewski

many great memories playing softball and celabrating the many victories back at The heart felt condolances...

George and Donna Hill

Words cannot express the sorrow in our hearts. Our prayers are with you always. Love, George & Donna

John Van Laere

I only have happy memories of Steve. You have my deepest condolences.

Patty Perez

My heart breaks for your entire family. I had the opportunity to meet Steve in We Together around 1973. he was so full of life and had the ability to make others laugh and feel at ease. I also watched him play many a football games at LaSalle High School. He was so talented, but it never went to his head. The We Together Steve was a humble, kind hearted young man, who always had a soft spot for those less fortunate. It appears that he made a big difference in the lives of so many people. I am happy to have known him for that short time during our high school days in the 70's. Blessings to all family and dear friends.

Mike Dennis

Coach Roddick was a good friend and a good man. He was a terrific athlete and Coach. I respected him and will miss him. My condolences to the family.

Phil & Suzanne Williams

Steve Rodick was a great colleague of mine at Douglas County High School for 7 years. He was also a great friend and we loved all of the family. We had many great memories. We are heart broken for the family and ask God to comfort and bless the family. We love you and are very thankful for our time and friendship.

Jimmy Cutchens

Coach Rodick was a great coach, teacher and roll model. He was a very caring person. I will always remember you coach, miss you!!! RIP

Magan Davenport Garren

I am so sorry! My heart goes out to you all! You are all in my prayers. I love you Taylor!

Natalie Bentley

We're so sorry to hear this tragic news. Coach taught my husband and I in school and then my husband had the honor of working on his coaching staff. We thought the world of coach. He had a smile that was contagious and always knew how to make people smile with his awesome sense of humor. A life taken to soon. We are praying for your family during this difficult time.

Lisa Blankenship

I am so sorry for the family's loss. Coach was one if my biggest supporters in High School and made me smile every day. He was so charismatic and funny. I pray from comfort for the family may God give you peace. Rest in Peace Coach. Thank you for my high school memories

Jeff Camp

Coach touched the lives of so many kids during his career. His impact is far reaching. I will never forget the positive influence he had on me. A great man for sure.

Larry Vavul

I would see Stevie around town and we would always bring up some old story from Holy Cross grade school. Just laughing at the story and exchanging passing comments for a quick minute or two. A Great guy that will be missed by many. I only wished I had a gift to give those who are hurting inside and do not know how to get the help they need. In certain circles while in the lion den, Stevie was the king. God bless the king.

Jamey Childers

I remember Coach Rodick being such an easy going guy he worked so well with young men coaching football. He would always encourage and motivate you, his presence on earth will be truly missed. My heart goes out to all his family and friends during this time, I will keep you all in my thoughts. We love you Coach Roddick, R.I.P. - Jamey Childers DCHS Class of 1995

Harold Stevens

My condolences to Steve's family. I did not keep in close contact with Steve but loved him as part of the Charger family. I played football with Steve for three years and loved every minute of it. I respected Steve for his determinatioon and love of football and his zest for life. I remember the RA year when Steve and I were RA's on 3rd floor Galloway with Bob and other team mates. Steve will always be remembered as a hard working dedicated individual who will alwyas be loved and remembered in our hearts. Thank you Steve for all of the memories.

Julie Spromberg Leszczynski

Stevie touched so many lives in such a postive way, a true Crusader. Accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.


I am so sorry for your loss. Steve and the Rodick family were a large part of my high school years. A force in life, he will be missed

Nancy Xaver Silvers

My deepest sympathy to the family of Steve. I will always remember him fondly along with the other members of the We Together Family. May God comfort you at this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Randy and Pam Shirley

You will be missed Coach! We have so many fond memories of you coaching our son in high school. We are all better for having known you and we are thankful our paths crossed. You always brightened the day with your smile.

Don & Linda Remillard

Our sympathy to his family during this difficult time. Please know we are here if you need us...

Becky Lee

I am so very sorry for your loss. You will find the coming days so very difficult, but know with God's help you we'll have the strength you need. Praying for you all.

Beth Gile

Rodick Family that I was so blessed to be part of, I cannot even put in words how sorry I am for the loss of such a wonderful, fun loving Father, Son and Brother. Betty, I love you and wish I was there to hug and hold you like you have me the last few years. He will be missed by many. The greatest memory I have was once when he was home, we were at Doug and Kathy's with the music going of course but he kept wanting to turn up the stereo. After about 3 times of walking over to try and figure it out, he yelled, "turn that thing up!" Omg! He was so much fun! I will celebrate his life this weekend even though I am not there in person, I will be there in spirit. My sincere sympathy and prayers for all of you!

Ronnie & Denise Bass

To Wes, Ashley and Taylor...Ronnie and I are so saddened to hear of Steve's death...He will always be remembered for the positive motivation and love he showed on and off the playing field. So many great memories at DCHS was always a pleasure to be in the presence of your dad...He will surely be missed...but never forgotten...Rest forever in peace Coach Steve Rodick...Ronnie & Denise Bass

Christine Cetrulo

My thoughts and prayers are with the Rodick family. I pray God gives you strength to get through this. I remember Coach Rodick from my days at DCHS. he was one of my favorite teachers and one of the few I actually respected greatly. RIP COACH RODICK. You will be missed greatly.

Paul Zulas

My family's sincere and heartfelt prayers and thoughts to the Rodick family.Thank you, Steve for playing such an important role in so many young people's lives. They will remember you always. I will remember the endless summer days, playing Little League baseball at Chet Waggoner with the Rodicks. God bless your kind soul and have a safe journey.

Howard Heavner

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Steve...he was a teaching and coaching colleague at Douglas County High School for many years and I was always impressed by his enthusiasm, his work ethic and overall the wonderful way he treated students and student/athletes and his fellow educators. He always preached giving 110% in whatever a person did and he always had time to listen to anyone who had a problem or needed instruction. He will be missed and his time and work at Douglas County High School and with the students will never be forgotten by the many hundreds of people of all ages that he touched with his infectious smile and 100% positive attitude. God bless his family...

Cort Otterbein

To the Rodicks- You are in my prayers. Steve was a great guy! A True Charger... Cort Otterbein

Mike & Nancy Harrington

We were sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was always so kind to us and our children (Jade & Lee) at DCHS. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Bill Grombala

I hadn't spoken to Steve in several years but I recall his playing days at Hillsadle clearly. One word describes him.....Warrior. Rest in Peace. Coach Grombala.

Brittany Ladd Youngblood

Coach was one of my few favorites in high school. He was a awesome man, always had us laughing while learning. My prayers are with the Rodrick family. CHHS Class of 03

Chris Wilson

I coached for Steve when I started teaching at CHHS. He was a great mentor and friend. I am so very sad for his family's loss.

Dancie Freeman

Wow, I'm heavy hearted for his family. He was an awesome coach at DC.

Dancie Freeman

Wow, I'm heavy hearted for his family. He was an awesome coach at DC.

Christina Martin

He taught us about giving 110% at all times.He was greatly respected by all in our community and school . He was a great coach and great teacher. He will be missed! Prayers to the Rodick family. Rip Coach Rodick

Jameson Green

Coach Rodick was a great person and coach. He was a great motivator and teacher. He taught me so much during my time at Douglas County High on and off the football field. He will be truly missed! I am praying for his family during this tough time.



Nancy Zaworski Bakos

I haven't seen Steve in several years, but when you saw him it was like you had just seen each other an hour before. He was a great guy who treated everyone as if they were family. I have so many great memories of him in high school. Class of '75....Rest in Peace Steve, you deserve it.

Dick & Donna Baldwin

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Steve. Please know our prayers are for God to hold you in the palm of his hand, comforting as only he can.

Jena (Douglas) McLain

I'm saddened to hear of coaches death. I'm praying for all of his family and friends in this time of mourning.

Kelly Williams

The loss of my friend and brother has been overwhelming. I want his family especially his children to know that steve loved you all so much. We had many conversations about all of you and his eyes and voice always became excited when he spoke of you. I know steve also loved god and now he stands before him explaining himself. He was a great man in so many ways and his impact here in douglas county will never be forgotten. So many have reached out wanting to express to his children how greatful there are that they got to share their childhoods with him. I know this is a very difficult time for all of his family and for those of us close to him. My heart goes out to all of you. May god bless you and wrap all of you in his loving arms as you try to understand all of this and move slowly forward

Summer (Watts) Quinn

I am so sorry to hear of Coach Rodick's passing. He is a man who has had an impact on so many lives and I will forever remember him for the friend he was to my dad, mentor he was to his students and the father he was to his children. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Chuck & Karen Bloodworth

Wes, Ashley, Taylor , and family...We were so saddened to hear about Steve. I also had the pleasure to coach with him at Douglas County. We had some great times together! He was always an inspiration and encourager to the students. Everybody loved him. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

David Adams

From team sports and weight lifting to In School Suspension...Couch Rodick always wanted/expected 100% from every student and knew how to get it by showing respect and encouraging each student to reach their goals. Heaven gained a great guy

Brenda Massaquoi

He was such an inspiration to Staff and KIds on Campus! He will be sorely missed!

David and Linda Houston

To Wes, Ashley and Taylor...our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.Your Dad was a true inspiration to all who knew him. He will be missed. David and Linda Houston

Steve Rentschler

Enjoyed catching with Steve in October of 2012 at Hillsdale. Incredible fun. A great Charger. Godspeed # 28.

Chris and Ginny Watts

When I started my Varsity Football coaching career at Douglas County High School, Steve was already on the coaching staff and became an immediate friend. I enjoyed every minute coaching with Steve, getting to know his family,and getting to know Steve. When you coach high school football you are a family and every member of that family is vital. I hated to see him leave when he went to Chapel Hill but that was the selfish part of me. Steve wanted to be a Head Coach and I was thankful that he got the opportunity. Steve was a good coach not only because of his knowledge of the game, but also because he had a heart for kids. Steve coached the kids with love and compassion and I loved him like a brother. Ginny, my daughters who had him as a teacher (Katti and Summer), and I will miss him. His family will be in our prayers....Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit". We love you Steve....God Bless and comfort the Roddick Family....Coach Watts

Marq Bowen

Coach Rodick touched many lives from coaching and teaching, including my own, in a positive way. I have nothing but fond memories of Coach Rodick. I know he will be missed.

Matt Remillard

Coach Rodick meant a lot to me in many ways. He was my position coach in high school and hired me as an assistant coach when I graduated college. I was also lucky enough to have him coach my Jv baseball team also. We spent many times together and he had a huge impact on my life and career. Coach was in it for the right reasons. He wanted to make boys into men and leave a lasting impression. Coach, thanks for the impression you left on me and the impact you had on my life.

Tim "Arco" St. Clair & Family

My sincerest sympathies to the Rodick Family. While you all grieve may you also celebrate Steve's life on this earth. Our prayers are that God comforts you in this time of sorrow and the days to come. Playing ball with Steve at LaSalle it was either open a hole in the line, or be run over!

Barbara Saunders Brownell

So sad for your, our loss. I remember Steve from high school, as I was in the class of 1976. He was always kind and smiling. I do hope the fond memories of Steve help you smile through the tears.

Lauren (Coley) Hoydar

I will always remember Coach Rodick for his smile. He always had one on his face because he loved his job and the kids he was surrounded by. RIP and prayers of comfort and strength to the Rodick family.

Ron and Mary Ann Isbill

Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Rodick's family. He was always such a positive influence on those he coached and taught. Love to each of you during this time of sadness.

Bill Norberg

To Betty and Family may I offer my heartfelt condolences. I am sorry for your loss. Steve's presence will definitely be missed. I hope his soul is at peace now.God Bless. Bill

The Mensen Family

So saddened to hear about the passing of Steve. What a great friend and neighbor. You will be missed greatly. Praying God's peace for your family.

Hillary Bowlick Cranford

Wes, I'm so sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

jeffrey Spud Emery

I am so sorry for the loss of Steve. I grew up near the college and met steve when he arrived at Hillsdale college. he was one of the most personable athletes to play for the chargers. He always had a very positive and outgoing personality and it has been a privledge to have known him. my prayers are with his family and all who knew and loved him

Hilary Willis

I am so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for peace over your family during this difficult time.

Sharon Welfare

Steve was one of a kind. He always had a smile for everyone, students and teachers alike. Douglas County High was a better place because of him. I will always remember him as part of my DCHS family. To Steve's family, I am heartbroken, too. May good memories sustain you all.

Ginny (Hubbell)Anderson

I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was always one of my favorite people. I worked with him at Douglas County High School. I absolutely loved him and his spirit. Prayers are with you all.

Brent Isbill

My thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Rodick's family. He was a great man and someone that played a major role in my maturation process as a young man. Leaders produce other leaders. Steve did just that. Pray that his passing would cause us all to pause and evaluate our lives and ask the question "Who am I investing my life in?" Thanks coach for loving me and always pushing me to be better. "IS"

Bob Henderson

Steve may you rest in peace and "God" bless and give your family guidance and strength to get through this . My prayers are with you all . We vcan make it through this together <One Day At A Time> Bob Henderson

Bill Mincey

Wes, Ashley and Taylor,We are so sorry for your loss. We think back fondly of the time at the baseball fields at Hunter Park and all the life and athletic lessons Steve imparted on all "his kids". Steve was a "Good un " Bill

Tim & Teri Switalski

My wife Teri and I share our condolences on Stephen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family!

Ken and Ann Lauer

So sorry to hear this sad news. You are all in our prayers.

Kevin Stocks

Coach Rodick was a great guy on and off the field. He touched not only my own life, but many others. My heart & prayers go out to Coach Rodick's family. He will truely be missed, but not forgotten. I'll see you in the weight room coach !!

Ashli (Chafin) Barnhill

I'm so sorry to hear of Coach's passing. We will be praying for the family and thinking of you guys in the days ahead. I love you T.C!!!

Mike and Debra Wargofcak

Wes, Ashley and Taylor so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Will always remember Steve as a wonderful coach and great person.

Nicole Thompson

Coach Rodick was an amazing person and will be greatly missed! He helped me with much more things in high school besides sports. I appreciate how he listened and the advice and guidance he offered. High school wouldn't have been the same without him! My prayers and condolences are with him, his friends, & especially his family. May he rest in peace.

The Latkowski Family (Mark, Jill, and Lisa)

The world needs more people like Steve Rodick. We are truly saddened to hear of his untimely passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Rodick family.

Todd Anduze

Coach Rodick will be greatly missed. He was a very inspiring man through my wrestling career and personally I will always remember his tutelage and friendship. My prayers are with his family and all his friends during this time of need. Rest in peace coach.

The Hayes Family (Jerry, Kaye, and Drew)

"Shake their hand. Look 'em in the eyes. Class and Character all the time." Words that have, and always will, continue to resonate and stay with me years later. Whether it was on the football field or now as a professional, I'll forever be grateful for the words of wisdom that helped me become the person I am today. Whether it's watching a Notre Dame game or passing by CHHS, I'll always think of the great, lasting memories I have of Coach. God Bless Coach and The Rodick Family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. - Drew

Lindsay Wilbanks

Coach was a special person and influenced so many of his students and athletes at DCHS, and I am one of those he made an impact on. He was a genuine leader who cared about others. I pray for peace and love for the family during this time.

Pete Prickett

I taught school with Steve at Douglas County High School (Douglasville, Ga) for a number of years. He was a fine young man. He made the world a better place to live. In Christian Sympathy, Pete Prickett

Jack and Ginny Sutton

Steve was a really decent, honorable man who always put the kids first. He was always positive and had a great attitude about everything - we feel blessed that he coached Kevin and Matthew and had such a positive impact on their lives. We are privileged to call him our friend and will miss him greatly. May God bless Wes, Ashley and Taylor during this difficult time.

Jay. Jones

I had the honor to coach with Steve for 3 years and he was a good friend of mine for years. I will miss you brother!

Greg and Laura Graff

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rodick family.

Michele(Shelly)Blasko Jackson

Dear Rodick family and friends, I memorize every moment that I'm thinking of memories of Stevie, and my cup runneth over with love. I believe, yes I believe, he is at peace with his brothers and God. Peace be with you all. Love bunches. Michele

Rob "CERTS" Cetrulo

My prayers are with the Rodick family. Coach will be missed. I had the privalage of knowing Steve in my high school years. He was a great teacher, coach, and mentor not only in the classroom, but in life. He helped mold not only myself but countless others he came into contact with. You will be missed greatly.

John & Eileen Platt

So sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Zobrosky staiton and john staton

Steve was always such a wonderful and kind person just as the rest of the Rodick family. He always had time to talk or give a helping hand to anyone that needed it, he wil be greatly missed by so many. Thanks for the gear times and wonderful memories. May you rest in peace and may your family find peace.

The Graham's

We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was always among the favorite of the boy's coaches. We all thought highly of him as a coach, a friend and a person. Love and prayers for you all during this difficult time. Love, Steve, Kathy, Zack and Adam Graham

randy daniel

rip my friend had some great memories love u like a brother. thanks for being a part of my life

Janet Hobbs

Steve Rodick had such a positive influence on so many young people. May the Roddick family and friends find God's strength at this time and peace through memories of him.

Chadwick Brown

I hate he had to leave this earth, but I am happy to know Coach is in a better place. So many unforgettable experiences and his impact on my life has kept me from quitting anything when I wanted to give up. He will be missed. Heaven has received a new coach for God's football team!

Marcelo chaves


Mitchell Appliance Compamy

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Mitchell's Douglasville, Georgia

allen lynch

The best coach i ever had. You could go to him with a problem and he would help you thru it. He will be missed and heaven is getting a good guy.

Donnie and Gale Pierce

Steve was one of my sons coaches in Little League. He had so much patience with the boys. A great coach and man. R.I.P. Steve

Chet Forsh

My heart goes out to you all. Especially the kids . I remember your dad as a very funny and fun loving guy. I had just recently remembered one of his favorite lines from me that he thought was so funny." how you like out there 6 inches nail it" I am praying for you all. With Christ's love Coach Forsh

Ivan Fedorov (Russia)

I knew him as a great man with a great soul. It is hard to realize he is away. But we must go on and keep him alive in our hearts. I hope he is fine now over there.

Wm. Rex Huey, Douglasville, Ga

I'm sorry to hear about Steve's passing. First I want to send my prayers and condolences to you, his family. I met Steve and Linda when they first moved to Douglasville, Ga. Linda owned a craft store next to the Pearl Vision Center where I worked. I believe Steve was already working at Douglas County High School as a football coach. Steve and Linda became good friends with my wife Becky and I at that time. I remeber Steve as a fun loving, caring husband, father and friend. Always full of spirit and enthusiasm for life and the people around him. He wanted to make "you" the best that you could be. This is what made him a great father and football coach. As years went by and people change, I fell out of touch with Steve and Linda and their children but have always kept them in my mind and heart. Steve was a compasionate person, full of life. So to now know that he has passed, my heart is sad and happy at the same time. Sad to know that he has left us but happy to know that he is with Our Father in Heaven. My prayers go out to "you" his family. God Bless. Rex Huey

Debbie Barnes

So sorry to hear about Steve! I think of the Rodick's often even though I haven't seen any of you for awhile. Dad and I can't make it to the funeral home, but you'll all be in our thoughts. Love, Debbie

Mike Bell

My condolences to the Rodick family. May he rest in peace among the angels and saints.

Sheryl Scott Talbott

I've known and loved Steve for many years. Cheered for him on the football field at Hillsdale, became very close friends, and again cheered him on later in life. He was a fine human being, full of character and compassion, always seeking to be of help to others, with a strong belief in his Higher Power. What a heartbreaking loss. I'm praying for peace and comfort for his family and other friends...

Deborah Kriegel

I am sorry that he has gone from your life so soon, and I hope you find comfort in each other and your good memories of him.

Josh Mosley

My thoughts and prayers go out to the rodick family. Coach Rodick was one of the best person that I ever got to lay eyes on. His famous words as a coach will always stick with me "stand up straight look them in the eyes when shakes their hands class and character every time" the world has lost a great mentor the heaven had gained a great angel!

Sue (Falls) Maciejewski

I was so sad to hear of Steve's passing. Your family is in my prayers. May God wrap you in his loving arms to give you comfort and strength to get through this difficult time.

larry bogie bottorff

sorry for your loss. steve was a friend and a great teamate. he will be missed by all that knew him.

Drew and Fran Ryan

We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Rodick family. We were very sad to hear about Steve. He was a great coach and friend to our boys. Our prayers are with you.

Bob and Donna Sauls

Wes, Ashley, and TC, We are thinking about you. We have so many great memories of Steve. He was always a great friend to us, and we will never forget the smile and laughter he had. We love you three, like you are part of our family. R.I.P. dear friend.

Cynthia Leeser

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family of Steve. Steve was a thoughtful individual and I am sure he wants his family and friends to remember him in a positive light. He will always be remembered by his High School friends.

Kenya Taylor

I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a sweet and kind man and a wonderful coach. His family and loved ones are in my prayers.

Charles Nicholson (Chuck)

I just found out about my friend and teammate Steve. My heart is deeply sadden about his death. He was a great friend and an awesome athlete. You will be dearly missed Steve. I pray that God's Angeles escorted you home.

Cameron Miller

Condolences to the Rodick family. He was one of the best men I've ever known, someone a young man could always look up to. He instilled the qualities of integrity and class in years I was coached by him. You are already missed Coach.

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