James Michael Rodenbeck (Jim), 53, of Searcy, AR, formerly of Mooresville, IN passed from this life into glory on July 16, 2020 at Unity Health in Searcy.
Jim was born on July 15, 1967 to James Lowell Rodenbeck and Susan Elaine (VanHorne) Rodenbeck in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Mooresville High School in 1985 and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Butler University in 1989. He spent most of his adult life as a professional trombonist, performing with the Circle City Sidewalker Stompers Clown Band, the Starry Knights Big Band, as the principle trombonist of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, and was the founder of the Basement Brass Quintet. He married Stacey (Dineen) Rodenbeck of Indianapolis, IN on November 21, 2015. They followed her career to Searcy, AR, where he continued his education in computer science, ultimately obtaining a job as a business analyst at Harding University. They welcomed a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Rodenbeck, on January 10, 2019. Their family was completed with the birth of their son, Christian James Rodenbeck, on May 22, 2020.
Jim was a patient, wise, gentle man of integrity and faith. His dedication to his God was evident in all of his relationships. He was devoted to his wife and children, and his love was beautifully demonstrated in acts of service, shoulder rides, tummy time escapades, and the reading of a million stories. He was a loyal son to his parents and a protective older brother to his sisters, Kellee and Heather. Jim loved quietly and well, and earned the love and respect of more friends than he realized.
Jim is preceded in death by his mother, Susan Rodenbeck; his maternal grandparents, John VanHorne and Lelah (Stout) VanHorne; and his paternal grandparents, John Rodenbeck and Julia (Myers) Rodenbeck. He is survived by his wife, Stacey (Dineen) Rodenbeck; a daughter, Susan Rodenbeck; a son, Christian Rodenbeck; his father, Jim Rodenbeck; his sisters; Kellee (Rodenbeck) Helbig and Heather (Rodenbeck) Alexander; four nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Jim will be laid to rest on Thursday, July 23, at White Lick Friend’s Cemetery in Mooresville, IN. A visitation will be held at Mt. Gilead Church in Mooresville on Wednesday, July 22, from 5:00-8:00 PM, with the funeral at Mt. Gilead Church on Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 PM. For your safety and the safety of those around you, the family encourages wearing masks. A memorial service will be held in Searcy, AR, at a later date.
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