Dennis Eber Rodeman
1980 - 2015
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Dennis Eber Rodeman Owosso Dennis Eber Rodeman, 35, of Owosso, Michigan passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015. He was born January 27, 1980 in Charlotte, Michigan to Max Dennis and Tonya Jean (Hester) Rodeman. Dennis was a distinguished Veteran, serving with the United States Marine Corps. He was a well respected and dedicated Firefighter and EMT. He began his career as a volunteer Firefighter with the Vermontville Fire Department and for the last 7 years has dedicated his service to the City of Lansing Fire Department. Dennis had a passion for the outdoors and could often be found hunting, fishing or shooting his rifles. On Saturdays starting in late August he could be found sitting on the couch (or in a brown chair) watching his favorite college football team, the Michigan Wolverines. Dennis had a great sense of humor, often with a touch of sarcasm. He always knew how to make someone laugh and smile; he truly could light up a room. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand, no matter what the situation. But above all, Dennis was a devoted and noble family man and friend, with a profound love for children. He was so excited and thrilled to become a new father. He cherished his family, especially his new wife Kate, and his many friends. He will be dearly missed by so many. He was preceded in death by his step-grandfather, Emil "Blackie" Haebert; grandfather, Gustavius Rodeman; grandmother, Edith Dolby; uncle, Stanley Vansplintern; and cousin, Trent Craven. Surviving to cherish his memory are his parents; wife, Katherine (Demesa) Rodeman; in laws, Camilo, Bernadette and Kamille Demesa; sisters, Kimberly Lawhead and Kelly (Danny) Flory; and his favorite pet dogs, Oliver, Emma and Weasel. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Jack Breslin Student Event Center, East Lansing, Michigan where guests will be welcomed beginning at 8:45am. The family will receive visitors Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI. Those desiring may make contributions in honor of Dennis to the Dennis Rodeman Memorial Fund, c/o MSUFCU, PO Box 1208, East Lansing, MI 48826 (1-800-678-4968); gofundme.com/lansinghero, or Lansing Firefighters Local 421, 4195 S. Washington, Ste. 305, Lansing, MI, 48933. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com


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Published in Lansing State Journal on Sep. 13, 2015.
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May 22, 2016
You inspire me to be a better man, as an EMT FF. RIP brother. I see you up there.
K M
October 2, 2015
Think on this: WORDS FROM HEAVEN":
"I carried you on Eagles Wings and brought you to myself" Exodus 19:4
On Earth we can know that we never walk alone. We are carried by our Heroes on their Wings all Life's Journey Then, they take us home to GOD. Our Heroes never leave us. May PEACE be the daily companion of the family and friends as we walk here. From the Heart, ~Flo~
Iris Eng
September 17, 2015
As the funeral service for Dennis was taking place I looked out my office window and in the north east sky there were clouds in the form of angel wings. May God hold you in the palm of his hand always.
Christina P.
September 17, 2015
Prayers to the entire family friends and city of Lansing and
Charlotte, my daughter knew you when you were In Eaton County fire department and to the family remember the good times and know you will see him again when you to go to To meet our Lord
David and Linda Barrett
September 16, 2015
I didn't know you Dennis, but, have cried many tears for you and your family and friends & co-workers - all who knew and loved you, and for our community & world. It's so heartbreaking & sad. Love, Prayers, and Hugs to everyone.
Michelle Tullar
September 16, 2015
What a sad day for Lansing, although we never met, know that millions of prayers are coming from everywhere. I know your child will be brought up to know what a wonderful kind and caring man you were. God bless you and your family
Tomme Felton
September 16, 2015
Kate, It was hard enough to hear this happened and even harder when I realized you were Mels daughter. We were friends in Charlotte for many years. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
Dutch Tomo Bev. Geyer
September 16, 2015
Our prayers are with your family.

Bill and Nancy Parsons
Bill Parsons
September 16, 2015
My heart goes out to the Rodeman family for such a tragic loss. May the peace of God be with his wife and family during this difficult time.
Flora Boles
September 16, 2015
My sincere condolences.
Gerry Vander Velde, M.D.
September 15, 2015
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers--
Maureen Furgala
September 15, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dennis was the fire fighter that checked my nephew out when he was in an accident and showed him that they are all good people.RIP Dennis
Kathy & John Price
September 15, 2015
Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered as a local hero.
Janet Hincher
September 15, 2015
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Billings County Rural Fire Protection District, ND
Rod Job, Chief
Rodney Job
September 15, 2015
To the Rodeman Family my prayers and sincere condolences. I have no words to take away your pain but know his service and sacrifice as a Firefighter surely has earned him Paradise. God bless your Family moving forward. Tommy Wright - Lansing Police retired
Tommy Wright
September 15, 2015
Thank you for being a wonderful person god bless you Rip
Carolyn Payne
September 15, 2015
My heart aches for you. Didn't know him, but heard enough to know that he was a good man, a blessing to so many. I hope the love you shared will one day give you a reason to smile again.
Pat Saules
September 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the entire FD. I also lost my husband who was a FF from South Holland, IL and was pregnant with our first child.
Donna Smith
September 14, 2015
I live in Dallas, Texas, and was saddened to hear of this loss, this story. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your unborn child and your inlaws. Be safe, be strong, and I know your huge extended family will help you through this.

Delia Stone
September 14, 2015
My heart felt prayers to the family and my condolences he will be truly missed R.I.P.
Marti Malone
September 14, 2015
May our loving God receive this hero in his kingdom.RIP Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Retird Fire Chief Jack Somers & Family
September 14, 2015
With the deepest sympathy, We take "pen in hand" to express our
sorrow to Rodeman Family in your loss. As members of the Fire Service,
your loss is our loss. May his soul and all the souls of the dearly
departed rest in everlasting peace

Retired Detroit Battalion Chiefs
Charles Gatto & Lawrence Kolodge

Due to previous engagements , We will not be able to attend but we will
be there in spirit.
charles gatto
September 14, 2015
Deepest sympathy to the family and fellow firefighters for this tragic loss. He is in our prayers.
Ron D
September 14, 2015
May you rest in eternal peace with Jesus.
Mary Jo Cook
September 13, 2015
We are so deeply sorry for your families loss.
September 13, 2015
Mario Carrizales
September 13, 2015
Though And prays for Dennis family and friends.He will never be gotend
Debbie Wickerham
September 13, 2015
Praying for all of the family. So sorry.
Reba Currie
September 13, 2015
RIP....prayers continuing for the family
September 13, 2015
We have been is disbelief since reading of Dennis Rodeman's passing. As I would continue to read the news as we didn't even know Dennis, but how he touched our hearts. I began to cry, thinking this can't be real. Our hearts ache for his wife, parents, family, co-workers, and friends,that we pray to God for you at this difficult time, and in the days ahead. Charles Sharp, Kathy Gardener, Olivet, Mi
Kathy Gardener
September 12, 2015
It was a sad day for Vermontville Township Fire Department when Dennis told us he was going to Lansing City. Although we were all happy for him, we knew we were losing one of the best. He accomplished many great things in his brief 35 years and will be remembered as our local, state and country hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sharon Stewart
September 12, 2015
Prayers to Kate, and your family. We will be keeping you, Kate, and your little baby in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for serving our great country in so many ways. You are truly a HERO! We will miss you but we know we will see you again.
Lorri & Jason Byington
September 12, 2015
You can Rest in Peace because your Brother and Sister firefighters and servicemen all over the world will make sure your family will be O.K. You will live on, Brave One!
Mike Christensen
September 12, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. So sorry for your loss.
The Millers
September 12, 2015
So sorry!
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September 11, 2015
Please accept our deepest condolences with your lost, we are praying for your family during this hard time. May god bless your family and you find comfort in the lord as you grieving time.
Chuck/tina Matthews
September 11, 2015
Kimberly Jones
September 11, 2015
Although we have never met, your family and friends will forever be in my prayers. You truly are an angel and have touched more lives than you will ever know. Thank you for always protecting others. You are a hero.
Nicole Perkins
September 11, 2015
The memory of Dennis walking in the Charlotte parades with his Grandpa Gus. I"m sorry for your loss. Sally Bower (Charlotte, MI)
September 11, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to ur family and friends. You were an extraordinary person and very special to so many. You were a fellow classmate friend,husband,son, and would of been an amazing father and a very heroic hero person for all your bravery to this community and country. Your legacy will live on in our hearts forever. RIP Dennis may your wings spread far and wide as you watch down on your family.
Kimberly Jones
September 11, 2015
You will never be forgotten we love you and we will miss you love and praying go to everyone that now him rest in peace love from Lynda Fuller and Brandon Sober
brandon sober
September 11, 2015
Praying for the mothers heart, his wife and children, the family and coworkers, fellow servicemen, and friends of this great man. Hearts breaking for you during this time. May the Lord hold you all in his arms and comfort you beyond comprehension.
K Weber
September 11, 2015
Thank you for your service to the community. My thoughts are with the Rodeman family.

Christy Lawrence
East Lansing, MI
Christy Lawrence
September 11, 2015
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends!!
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!! A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!
Grace & Keven
September 11, 2015
To all of Dennis's family wife and unborn child,
My heart aches for all of of you.he was one amazing man.he is what a true hero is.may he RIP and may God bring comfort and peace to you all.
Valerie Vaughan
September 11, 2015
My profound sympathy for you and your family. I wish I could tell you this personally. Our hearts are broken.
Robert Ulrich
September 11, 2015
Prayers for the family. So sorry for your loss.
Deidre Compton
September 11, 2015
Our deepest sympathy, Our thoughts and prayer for your family.
May an eternal light shine upon you, and rest in peace.


The Philippine American Club of Greater Lansing
September 11, 2015
Thoughts and prayers are with you Kate and the Rodeman Family. Sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Dennis, you'll be missed by many! God Bless.
Janet Dust
September 11, 2015
There are no words. No words of comfort for those grieving. No words of support strong enough to lighten the heaviness of hearts. No words to explain the loss the person taken from this world. No words. Only silent prayers that he will stay with us in our hearts our memories our actions for as long as we need. My heart is with his family blood and bond.
Jessica Cook-Julian
September 11, 2015
Thanks for your service young hero may you forever rest in peace.
Faith Jefferson
September 11, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you Kate and yours and Dennis' whole family! May he rest in Heaven!
Tracy Brown
September 11, 2015
Rest in the the arms of God,we know you will be with your family when we all meet in heaven
Nancy George
September 11, 2015
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all!! So sorry for your loss!! He was and still is a true hero!!
Jason Ackett
September 11, 2015
We miss you Dennis and loved you so much and I know one day we will see you again
Amber Voelker
September 11, 2015
Rest in peace.
Bud and Maggie Hilliard
September 11, 2015
So sorry for your loss!!!!
Stacie C.
September 11, 2015
God has brought home one of His great children. I selfishly mourn for a loss of my brother under Christ.
Alex Lucio
September 11, 2015
Heather Dockter
September 11, 2015
Our family has been praying for yours! My step daughter clearly recalls giving him money at that intersection 20mins before. Dennis took the time to comment how she had "a nice truck". We didn't know Dennis but this has hit us hard too. We'll continue to pray for God to grace your family with peace.
Alex Lucio
September 11, 2015
KATHERINE, SO SORRY FOR YOUR AND YOUR SON'S LOSS. MY PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS...
THELMA BROWN
September 11, 2015
Thank you Dennis and family for your selfless act. You are all true heroes.
Kristi Rutherford
September 11, 2015
Keeping you, your wife, unborn baby, family, friends and the rest of the people who have known you in my prayers. I still remember your goofy smile and how you always kept everyone smiling. Trying to cling to the happy memories we shared growing up along to overcome the pain of losing you way too soon. Among the beautiful pictures being posted, the one of you dressed up as a cheerleader for a powder puff game made me laugh.

You truly are an angel now. Fly high my friend.
Tiffany Bryan
September 10, 2015
If it helps to know, many share your sorrow, shock and disbelief.. such a terrible tragedy. We lost a good man, Heaven gained. God Bless the wife, mother, family, and fire dept dealing with such a painful loss.
Mary Belden
September 10, 2015
Katherine,
My deepest sympathy for your incomprehensible loss. Please accept my thoughts and prayers along with my gratitude to Dennis for his service to our country.
Phil Kamm
September 10, 2015
Katherine,
Our family grieves with you and prays for you and your child.

The family of Stephen Machcinski, LODD 01/26/2014, Toledo Fire Dept.
Beth Hoye
September 10, 2015
Deepest sympathy to your family in this difficult time. May God send His Holy Spirit to comfort you and give you peace. Blessings from the Riverview Community of Christ congregation. We are lifting you up in prayer.
Catherine Williamson
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