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Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

George Rodman III

26 December, 194124 June, 2020
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George Rodman lll, 78, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2020 at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Born in Mt. Holly, NJ to George B. Rodman, Jr. and Pearl Jean Mingin. George spent most of his early years growing up in Levittown, PA with his younger brothers Robert and Bruce Rodman.

After graduating Woodrow Wilson High School in 1960, he went on to Massanutten Military Academy in VA where he spent two years before heading to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship. Some of his most cherished memories were spent playing football at USM, and had friendships that remained throughout his lifetime. He graduated with his bachelors degree in Education in 1966 and went on to teach high school and coach football in Lumberton, MS. In June of 1967, George met the love of his life, Carolyn Simpson, and they married just six months later. George and Carolyn had three children; Denny, Kara and Kristen.

George began a career at the VA Hospital in the early 70’s working in physical therapy, before going on to George Washington University in Washington D.C. to get his master’s degree in Hospital Administration. He had an extensive career with the VA Hospital where he retired as Director of the Biloxi/Gulfport VA in MS in 1998.

Throughout his service to the VA, he also served his country in the Army, Navy and Air Force Reserves in hospital administration, retiring in 1997 as LT. Col. USAF Reserves. George was a devoted husband of 52 years, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was known as a practical joker with a sweet tooth, a love of God, family, football and dogs. He was a devoted friend and Sunday School teacher. He was dearly loved, admired and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Rodman and parents George and Pearl Rodman.

He is survived by his son, George(Maria) Rodman and daughters Kristen Ewer and Kara Hooks. Grandchildren; Chase(Elaine), Ashley(Nick), Andrew, Autumn(Victor), Auburn(Alex), Paige, Joey, Fernando and Skyler. Great-grandchildren; Tinley and Emerson. Brothers; Robert(Christine) and Bruce(Nancy) Rodman. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There will be a Visitation on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 6-8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750. Also the Graveside Funeral Services will be held at Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery, 11463 TX-195 Killeen, TX 76542, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his son, George(Maria) Rodman and daughters Kristen Ewer and Kara Hooks. Grandchildren; Chase(Elaine), Ashley(Nick), Andrew, Autumn(Victor), Auburn(Alex),Paige,Joey, Fernando and Skyler. Great-grandchildren; Tinley and Emerson. Brothers; Robert(Christine) and Bruce(Nancy) Rodman. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 30 June , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, 1 July , 2020

Memories

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Maria Rodman

1 July 2020

Pawpaw and Memaw, you welcomed me in your family and made me feel part of it as one of your children. You have always been so good to me and Fernando. You filled in as my parents, and I miss you dearly. I love you both.

Paige Hooks

30 June 2020

I don’t even know where to begin on memories with Papaw. There’s no way I could narrow it down to just one funny or sweet memory because every encounter was that way. Papaw always kept you on your toes and you had to be prepared to suddenly have a gorilla mask or an eagle head popping around the corner holding a bowl of ice cream. All jokes aside, (which rarely happened) Papaw was the strongest man I knew. He was a patriotic man, a proud man. He will be dearly missed and forever loved. I am comforted to know he is exactly where he wants to be with the love of his life. Papaw you better give Memaw lots of cow kisses for me! I’ll love you forever. ❤️

Joey Ewer

30 June 2020

Papaw was without a doubt one of the funniest people in my life. I still remember all the cheesy scary stories he used to tell me before i would go to bed, i would be up all night waiting for Bubba and bloody bones to get me. It was very easy to forgive him when he got my sisters and I ice cream the next day of course even though Memaw would yell at him for it. I swear, if that man wanted to have his sweets, there was nothing stopping him. I will always miss him and of course I will always love Papaw

Joe Ewer

30 June 2020

When I first met Papaw when Kristen and I started dating, I saw him as a suit and tie/military uniform type of person. Not stuffy, but prim and proper. That first impression was definitely wrong. Papaw was the king of gag gifts and practical jokes, always wanting to make people laugh and ending up laughing so hard himself that he would cry. He was fun to be around, unless he was handing you an envelope of "rattlesnake eggs" or telling you that a rutabaga was a potato. He treated me well and always welcomed me into his house and to his dinner table. I'll miss his jokes and gag gifts, his fried catfish and BBQ, and his love of laughter. I won't miss rutabagas.

Bob Rodman

29 June 2020

George was my big brother. I always looked up to George. Independent, smart, generous, wise with a great sense of humor, George never pretended to be anybody but.....George. I think I admired that the most about him.
I remember the days when George attended USM. Being the older brother it was always a big deal when he came home from college- larger meals, watching George wrestle with our boxer , enjoying football and the Indy 500 and of course blueberry pies,. He was larger than life, every year a little stronger, a little bigger looking more like a football player which put us in awe of him. George taught all of us to follow our dreams and nothing was impossible. Who would have imagined a skinny guy from Levittown, Pa could walk on to USM and get a full scholarship...he did!
George was instrumental in 2events that made our parents proud ( I’m sure there were many more but I’ll mention 2). #1 He married Carolyn, a perfect match. I remember we all drove to Alabama and we were in the wedding. Our parents were happy he found love and especially happy he was marrying a preachers daughter, probably thinking she would help to tame him. You decide if that happened. #2 is the birth of his children. A true blessing from God.
George loved God. Not in some formal litergical way but the way George loved ....down to earth, absolute and without compromise. No pretense. He loved proactively.
George cherished his friends, from high school to college to the present. He spoke of his friends with great love and respect. A wonderful trait.
I will miss my big brother George. I will miss our telephone talks (but never on Sat during football season), playing dominos, and listening to the banter between him and Carolyn about Alabama vs USM or just their own version of being contented and happy together.
George’s love of God, his deep, deep love of his wife, family and friends and his lack of pretense was his hallmark.
I love You big brother see you in heaven.

Nancy Rodman

29 June 2020

George Rodman, my brother-in-law and Bruce's eldest brother, passed away on Wednesday. We drove to Texas and Bruce was able to visit him a few times before he passed.

I will miss his humor, his cooking, his competitive domino playing, his crankiness with politics, and his great love for all his family. One of my first introductions to George was after Bruce and I first married and he came up to visit his Mom in Pennsylvania. I mentioned I loved catfish and before you knew it, we were at the store buying frozen (no fresh caught available!) catfish, peanut oil to fry it in, and cornmeal and jalapenos for hush puppies. Oh my was that a good meal. Even when we came to Texas to visit him and his lovely wife Carolyn Simpson Rodman, he would fix biscuits and gravy for at least one breakfast and had the smokers going for a mess of ribs and steaks. We either watched Fox news, OAN news, played dominoes, or were eating. You didn't want to mess with his schedule, though, during College football season because he didn't move from his recliner all day. He had his priorities!

George loved his men's prayer group and took Bruce to a few when we visited. They were good friends he often talked about. He loved to fry fish and smoke ribs/meat for his church and had the fryer and smoker on wheels to drag behind his truck.

He's now in heaven with the love of his life. Enjoy that new body, George! We wiil miss you!!

Autumn Monge

29 June 2020

Papaw,
You and Memaw have been my greatest role models in life, I’m so grateful for the last 27 years with you both. You gave me my obsession with sweets and animals, my road rage, my absolute hard-headed stubbornness, and my will to be my very best and achieve all of my goals no matter how long it takes. I will greatly miss sitting at the dinner table with a towel around your neck sweating like you just ran a mile but really you just ate some ketchup, or Memaw sending us to run errands and our stops at Starbucks or to get icecream and our unspoken agreement not to tell Memaw we had icecream before dinner. I’ll miss Memaw cooking at the stove and you tiptoeing over to the plethora of cakes, pies, and every cookie known to man and you sneaking in a snack because you knew Memaw couldn’t see on her right side. I’ll miss calling up Meems to have a mental breakdown over something trivial and you answering “Joes pool house” and forgetting what I was even upset about. I‘ll miss driving down the freeway going 45 in a 75 with cars flying around us, and you calmly snapping along to The Temptations, not a care in the world while every member in the car was holding onto the nearest handles, hyperventilating because we were certain we would not make it home alive. I will miss your guidance, and your pride in all your grandchildren.
My greatest memory is my time with you in January, while pregnant, and you making a point to tell every nurse, friend, or stranger that that was your great grand baby in there, pointing to my belly and beaming with pride. The whole room could feel how much you loved my son already. It hurts that you will never hold him, or feed him his first icecream, but I know that you and Memaw will watch over him and guide him through life. He will know your spirit through each of us who gained pieces of you. Thank you for showing me how a man should treat a woman, and to settle for nothing less. Kiss my girl for me. I love you so incredibly much.

Ashley Whitworth

28 June 2020

Papaw,
What I would give to be sitting at the dining room table right now, talking to Memaw and looking up to find you rustling through the 7 boxes of various sweet pastries on the counter looking for a late night (read: 8pm) snack. Or to call the house and hear you pick up the phone and say, “Joes pool hall this is Eight Ball speaking”. There are countless memories of pranks, and gorilla masks, sweet tooth’s, and shoe shopping, road rage incidents that turned out to be funny later, and a few quiet moments of understanding. You were undoubtably a force of nature. Always on the go and an accomplished career man, respected by many. You did so much good for others. What stands out the most to me though, is how you loved our Memaw. I remember one conversation in particular when I was about 15 years old. We were driving (about 12 mph under the speed limit) and you were talking about how you wear the pants in the relationship and how you have to “keep Memaw in line” - all the usual smack talk. You stopped and got really serious and said “Your Memaw is a good woman. I don’t know what I’d do without her. She’s my home.” I knew how deeply you meant that and that moment has stayed with me throughout the years as I’ve begun to navigate marriage. I miss you so much it hurts, but it gives me comfort to know that you’re Home now. I love you.

Auburn Ewer

27 June 2020

Papaw,

I wish I could share every memory I have with you. You were the biggest jokester and loved to scare your grandkids. You always had an abundance of scary masks and loved to be hiding around a corner. Your scary stories of “Bloody Bones” and “Bubba” will be forever remembered. You got quite a kick out of terrifying us with those stories. You would even honk while we were driving down the road and wave to them. Although it was scary as a child, I can’t help but smile now thinking back.

I have never known a person who loved sweets as much as you. You were always sneaking off to eat some ice cream, pie or cookies. I learned very quickly that those little runs to the store often ended with a stop somewhere to get some ice cream. I will miss those trips.

I will miss watching you turn on some 50’s music and snapping along as you’re driving down the road.

I will miss you taking me to the track to run laps and telling me I could be in the olympics.

I will miss sitting on the porch early in the morning hearing you talk about how much you love Memaw. One time we sat out on the porch in the rocking chairs and you told me, “Aubie, every morning I come out here and drink my coffee and think about how lucky I am to have your Memaw.” There will never be a love like the two of you had and I feel blessed to have been able to witness it.

Most of all, I will miss you, Papaw.

Until we meet again,
Aubie ❤️

Kristen Ewer

27 June 2020

Dad,

How do I start to shove a lifetime of memories into one final paragraph? When I think back over my life, and of you, there are so many memories. Saturday morning breakfasts, flea markets, Christmas mornings, “this hurts me worse than it hurts you”, “get your head out of the sand”, the Easter Bunny at my window, your stop watch on a bicycle beside me as I ran, “what’s the price of eggs in China” conversations. You weren’t always gentle, but I always knew you cared. You shined best in your role as a grandfather. A little piece of me left with you the other night, but a large part of me was shaped by you. Thanks Dad, for loving us, despite our flaws, for loving Mom and being the man, protector, provider, husband, father and grandfather you were. Life will go on, but it will go on with you in my heart, knowing you and Mom are together and in a much better place.
I love you,
Kristen

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Biography

George Rodman lll, 78, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2020 at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Born in Mt. Holly, NJ to George B. Rodman, Jr. and Pearl Jean Mingin. George spent most of his early years growing up in Levittown, PA with his younger brothers Robert and Bruce Rodman.

After graduating Woodrow Wilson High School in 1960, he went on to Massanutten Military Academy in VA where he spent two years before heading to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship. Some of his most cherished memories were spent playing football at USM, and had friendships that remained throughout his lifetime. He graduated with his bachelors degree in Education in 1966 and went on to teach high school and coach football in Lumberton, MS. In June of 1967, George met the love of his life, Carolyn Simpson, and they married just six months later. George and Carolyn had three children; Denny, Kara and Kristen.

George began a career at the VA Hospital in the early 70’s working in physical therapy, before going on to George Washington University in Washington D.C. to get his master’s degree in Hospital Administration. He had an extensive career with the VA Hospital where he retired as Director of the Biloxi/Gulfport VA in MS in 1998.

Throughout his service to the VA, he also served his country in the Army, Navy and Air Force Reserves in hospital administration, retiring in 1997 as LT. Col. USAF Reserves.

George was a devoted husband of 52 years, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was known as a practical joker with a sweet tooth, a love of God, family, football and dogs. He was a devoted friend and Sunday School teacher. He was dearly loved, admired and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Rodman and parents George and Pearl Rodman.

He is survived by his son, George(Maria) Rodman and daughters Kristen Ewer and Kara Hooks. Grandchildren; Chase(Elaine), Ashley(Nick), Andrew, Autumn(Victor), Auburn(Alex), Joey, Fernando and Skyler. Great-grandchildren; Tinley and Emerson. Brothers; Robert(Christine) and Bruce(Nancy) Rodman. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.