Nicholas Aniceto Rodman

January 6, 1987March 29, 2017

Nicholas Aniceto Rodman passed away in the line of the duty on March 29th, 2017. At the time of his death Nick was thirty years old. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 6th, 1987 – the first-born son of George and Linda Rodman. Nick graduated from Holy Cross High School with a 4.0 GPA in 2005. There he was an All-District, All-Region football player, as well as an all-star soccer player. He then attended Georgetown College, where he was vice president of his Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2009. During his time at Holy Cross and Georgetown College Nick made many friends that became family to him. On New Year’s Eve 2009, he began dating and soon fell in love with his future wife Ashley Stigall. Their love was never dull, and the glow in his eyes alone showed how much he loved and cared for Ashley. They were married in a large celebration on September 28th, 2013. Guests who attended said it was one of the greatest celebrations of love they have and will ever experience. Nick and Ashley later adopted two dogs together named Mojo and Lily, who they considered their children until the births of their beautiful children Mason and Ellie. Nick was many things to his friends and family. He could be quiet and kind, or loud and goofy. But the thing that many will remember most about him was his devotion to family. Nick’s dad George taught him from an early age that family always came first. They had an extremely special bond and George acted as a father, a coach, and guidance for Nick throughout his life. But he learned his patience and kindness from his mom. Linda and Nick shared a bond unlike any other. Not a day went by without Nick calling his mama to check in and tell her he loved her. When Andy was born, Nick not only gained a brother but also a best friend. They grew up side by side and shared all stages of their lives together. Nick acted as a protector and caregiver to his little sister, Carly. He never failed to interrogate and successfully scare any boy that came close to her. The two of them spent many fun-filled Saturdays at GattiLand playing games and eating pizza. Regardless of their busy schedules, the Rodmans spent every Sunday night having dinner together, and it was something Nick looked forward to every week. He cherished the memories he had as a child, and committed himself to providing an even better life for his wife, son, and newborn baby girl. Nick worked long nights for the 1st Division, but never missed the chance the following day to take his wife, son and daughter to the zoo or sit down with his family to watch a movie. Nick spent many days chasing, playing, and showing his endless love to his son Mason, who was a mini Nick. Whether it was swinging outside on their backyard swing set, going to Louisville Cream to get ice cream, or just laying around watching Netflix, Mason was always surrounded by love from his amazing parents. When their daughter Ellie was born she instantly became a Daddy’s Girl and was rarely seen away from Nick. Her favorite thing, other than eating, was laying on her dad’s chest to cuddle with him. Mason and Ellie were blessed with the two best parents in the world. The only thing that came close to his love for his family was his Louisville Cardinals. He loved the times grilling and tailgating with his family and friends for every UofL game, no matter what sport it was. Growing up he saw how much joy being an LMPD police officer brought his father, George. He also saw how much being a police officer positively affected the life of his brother, Andy. He just knew that being a police officer was what he was meant to do. He entered the LMPD academy in February 2013 and after graduating in June of that same year, Nick was assigned to the 1st Division. Nick always described his platoon as “the best platoon on the department.” He cared deeply about all the members of his platoon and considered them his family. He was excited every day to serve with his brothers and sisters to protect the city of Louisville as the “Tip of the Spear.” Nick was an outstanding man, father, husband, son, brother and friend. He left us too soon and will be greatly missed. We love you, Nick-Nick. Officer Nick Rodman is survived by his loving and devoted wife Ashley Rodman, his two-year old son Mason Aniceto and newborn daughter Ellie Jean. His father, LMPD officer George Rodman, mother Linda, brother LMPD Officer Andy Rodman and his sister Carly. He was grandson of Joe “Papa Joe” Ellis, son-in-law of Christy and Jim Coe and Greg and Lori Stigall, brother-in-law to Tim Stigall and uncle to Jameson Stigall. Nick is also survived by numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and other loving family members. He was preceded in death by Dave “Papa” Rodman, Jessie “Maw-maw” Rodman, and Carole “Mimi” Ellis. The visitation will be held Monday, April 3rd, 2017, from 12pm-7pm followed by a FOP memorial service from 7pm-8pm at Arch L. Heady on 4400 Bardstown Road. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 11am at Southeast Christian Church on 920 Blankenbaker Parkway. After the funeral service, Officer Nick Rodman will be laid to rest at Cave Hill Cemetery on 701 Baxter Avenue.


  • Visitation Monday, April 3, 2017
  • F.O.P. Service Monday, April 3, 2017
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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A fan of a hero

May 26, 2017

These last few months have been so emotional ..I didn't know officer rodman personally but my son met him a few times thru officer dweese. I don't understand why things like this happen to a good person like the rodman family..god needed him home I'm guessing to be able to watch over all of us...thanks nick for all you did to assist others in need

Freddie Flaspoehler

April 12, 2017

Dear Rodman Family,

I was so sorry to hear the news about Nick and wish I could have been at the funeral home to see you guys. You all are in my prayers. I know he was a tremendous young man and he is definitely in a better place. I know it is very difficult right now but God will be there to watch over your family. You guys were just such a big part of my childhood. I have a very heavy heart and hope to see you soon.

Freddie Flaspoehler


April 9, 2017

Dear Ashley
I know the days ahead are going to be long and hard. Hold them babies tight. Those are the two greatest gifts you have from Nick . As you look into little Mason eyes you see Nick. He is a little mini me of his father. Such a handsome little boy just like his father. Little baby Elle is gunna look like you I better. Nick will always be with you day in & day out as the notes come & go. He will be watching over you 24/7. Just know everyone in this community continues to pray for you and them sweet babies. God bless you young lady. Rip Nick and thank you so very much for everything you have done to keep this community safe. Much love to you and your family. There are alot of heavy heavy hearts down here. Just know you were loved by many.


April 8, 2017

I did not know Officer Rodman or his family but I can tell he was a very special young man. Praying that God grant his family peace beyond all understanding. He was an angel here on earth. Louisville was blessed to have such a great person to protect and serve us all.

Yvonne Campbell

April 7, 2017

My condolences to your family and friends.As a daughter of an officer,an aunt and mother in law ,my heart goes out to you.Sending you all our love and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of people all around the world. May God Bless you and keep you close. Officer Rodman we salute you and thank you for your service.

April 6, 2017

I didt know Officer Rodman but this has really touched my heart . I pray for strength for Ashley and pray that his kids will know him through Ashley photos and memories may you rest in peace and thank you for your service

Rickey Jones

April 6, 2017

My condolences to the Rodman family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sherry OBryan

April 5, 2017

Condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayer are with you all.
The OBryan Family

A Standard

April 5, 2017

Thank you for your service to our city. May you rest in peace.

Sharron Hogan

April 5, 2017

Rest easy officer Nick Rodman may the Angels welcome you with open arms