Eric Von Rodenbiker
Eric Rodenbiker, 53, of Rock Lake, ND, passed away Monday, December 17, 2012 at his home in Rock Lake.
Eric was born April 20, 1959 to James Albert and Rosie (Bykonen) Rodenbiker at Cando, ND and was raised in Rocklake. Eric sang and played tenor saxophone in High School and won awards at state competitions. After graduating from Rocklake High School in 1977, Eric attended his freshman year at the University of North Dakota. The following year he traveled throughout Europe with a national organization know as All Student Groups, United States of America, a touring choir. Returning to the University of North Dakota, he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1984 and performed with the nationally renowned Varsity Bards, a men’s choral group and the University of North Dakota Concert Choir.
Having worked at Theel Motors in Rolla, ND in the parts department just out of school, Eric went on to sell parts for GM across the country. He continued to enjoy success with GM, receiving numerous promotions and won many merit vacation company trips. He lived in many areas across the country during his career with GM. At one time Eric was the Event Marketing Manager for GMSPO’s NASCAR sponsorship, working promotions with Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Skinner. Dale Earnhardt gave Eric the nickname “The Phantom” during their time working together. While working in New York for GM, Eric was able to enjoy many broadway shows. Being a singer, he had a great appreciation for the talent, one in particular being Frank Sinatra. Eric had an eclectic taste for music in all genres and was a movie buff.
Eric purchased his grandparents farmstead in rural Rocklake, ND in the year 2000. He moved back to the area, working at home for the Coca Cola Company and set out to restore the farmstead. He turned the home into a bed and breakfast, “The Brumbaugh Country Inn”.
Eric is survived by his siblings: Lisa (Ted) May of Vancouver, WA; James (Lorna) Rodenbiker of Omaha, NE; Laurel (Michael) Monson of Antigo, WI; Steven Rodenbiker of Rocklake, ND; Brett (Jeanne) Rodenbiker of Sauk Centre, MN; Heidi (Steve) Bertoni of King City, OR; Christopher (Polly) Rodenbiker of Omaha, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Roselle Brashear.
SERVICES Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:30am at All Nations Lutheran Church, Rock Lake, ND with visitation starting one hour prior to the service .
INTERMENT All Nations Lutheran Cemetery, Rock Lake, ND in the Spring
Eric was a joy to be around. We will always remember his cheerful smiling face. Rest in peace Eric, from your Coca-Cola family.
Coca-Cola of Grand Forks
Our rememberances of Eric go when we have stayed at the Brumbaugh Inn. His cheerful attitude made the stay a happy and memorable one. We enjoyed his hospitality, singing, and just talking about the old days of Rocklake. Our grandfather helped build the house which became the "Inn" so that was always something to discuss. May you Rest In Peace Eric, you will always be fondly remembered.
Terry and Linda Bradley
Our sincere condolences to your family, on the death of Eric. Had wonderful visits with him when I would see him. He had a beautiful voice, and enjoyed hearing him sing in Cando. Also, he told me about the horse names still in the old barn on his parents place, that my mom grew up at. May he rest in peace, with his heavenly Father. Dianne (Hogenson) Hyndman
We enjoyed staying at the Brumbaugh Inn several times with Eric. He always welcomed us and provided us an inviting and comfortable place to stay. Our memories of these times will always remain with us. We enjoyed him entertaining us with his singing, as well as just visiting about some experiences in years past. May your memories of Eric help console you in the days ahead and may peace be with you, Eric. Elmer & Linda Jo (Bradley) Brehm
I remember Eric and Brett from our time together in Varsity Bards. He was a great singer and an even greater person. Rest in peace Eric.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Rodenbiker family. All the good memories you have of him are a blessing.
Norma Humbert (Hendrickson)