Chadwick G. Rockman

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Chadwick G. Rockman

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Chad Rockman

Chad Rockman died tragically on April 8, 2020, at the age of 43. Chad was born in Billings on Nov. 1, 1976. He graduated from Billings West High School and continued on to receive a degree from Montana State Billings in Information Systems. After completing college, he became a fly fishing guide on the Big Horn River. He will forever be remembered for his patience and his skills as a professional guide. He continued after his fishing years to work with his father in the family-owned furniture/design business for many years. Chad became a skilled craftsman in woodworking and owned his own contract painting business. He was a devout Catholic and very active at St. Patrick’s Parish. One of his hobbies was restoring and rebuilding upright arcade games.

He was a kind, gentle and thoughtful man. Many were inspired by his ability to listen, his positivity, and truly bringing out the best in people. Our hearts are truly broken. While Chad will never fully understand the magnitude of the impact he had on the many lives he touched while living on this earth, his character has proven time and time again over the outpouring of love from near and afar. Our family will be forever grateful for the immense support, love and prayers during this extremely difficult time.

Along this path called life, he left behind a trail of beautiful memories. We love and miss you, Chad, and our hearts are forever saddened.

Chad is survived by his parents, Gene and Sheila Rockman of Billings; his sister, Jocelyn (Peter) Mitchelmore of El Dorado Hills, California; his two nieces, Lauren and Payton; and his many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chad’s name to the Yellowstone Animal Shelter or St. Vincent de Paul of Billings.

A private interment has taken place. Further arrangements are pending.

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  1. I was deeply saddened to learn about Chads passing. Chad was my closest childhood friend, and he and I spent countless hours sledding, “yucca chopping” lightening off fireworks and building forts in the fields around our houses growing up on Reimers Park Drive. Gene, Sheila and Jocelyn I am so so sorry for your loss. I will never forget chad and the wonderful memories I had with him and in your generous household as a boy.

    Deepest condolences,

    Garrett Sloan

  2. Polly Haverland

    Rock, Sheila,Jocelyn, Peter, and the Girls,
    I just want you to know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am beyond sad and brokenhearted for your loss. The many times we have spent in Sun Valley and Showdown will never be forgotten. I only wish we could relive all the fun and laughs. Dad always called Chad Chadwick and little did I know that is his real name! Sitting at Warm Springs in the sun eating Irving’s Red Hots with all the gang will never be forgotten. Chad was so kind, mellow, and easy to be around. The world unfortunately lost a great man. May he forever shine his love down upon you. You all mean the world to my family. Hang in there and hopefully we will see you soon. Sending many hugs your way……Love, Polly

  3. We were extremely saddened to hear about Chad. He had become a good friend and go-to guy when we needed something done around the house. His work ethic was fantastic and he was always there when needed. It was great to know of the connection to our own high school days. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Bob and Sue Keene

  4. Rlynn called and told us about your tragic loss. We are very,very sorry. We’re keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Larry & Pam Lambott

  5. So very impossible to put into words the sadness we all feel. From the very moment I saw Chad, I fell in love. Chad was so very special to us all; a gentle, loving soul and a joy to be around. It was my honour to call him my nephew and friend. Forever in my heart. With Love

  6. I’m very sorry for your loss. Chad was always so helpful and kind to my family. Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Heather Labert and Bonnie Olson

  7. Steve and Susan Duganz

    Dear Gene and Sheila,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. We do know the heartbreak and pain of losing a son. Do hold on to each other.
    Hugs to you,
    Steve and Susan Duganz

  8. Chad helped me immensely this winter after moving to Billings. He was a very special young man and will be much missed. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family who he obviously cherished.

  9. Dear Sheila and Gene, Your friends at Rimrock Opera are so sorry for your loss and want to express our sincere condolences. Sincerely, Steven and Lucinda Butler

  10. Connie and Les Aaberg

    Gene and Sheila, we are so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine the heart break. We were not fortune enough to have met your son, but the girls in my bookclub knew him from church and said what a wonderful person he was. It is such a sad time and we can’t even give you hugs. Just know that we are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers.

  11. Dave and Judy Swoboda

    I was one of Chad’s baseball coaches 25+ years ago. I always admired his determination to get a little better at each practice, to succeed and become part of the team. As one goes through life some kids stay in your memory for any number of reasons: his work ethic and desire to accomplish, even when it wasn’t as easy as it was for other kids is what stood out to me. The world is a lesser place with his passing. Our condolences to your family.

  12. Stephanie Iams Lodman

    It makes my heart ache to hear of this loss. Chad grew up next door, and I used to babysit for him and Jocelyn. What a good, kind kid from a good kind family. As my parents grew older, Chad was happy to stop over and help out with some of my dad’s “projects” when he needed a hand. We miss you Chad!

  13. Chad was a good friend. As a next door neighbor for years I watched Chad grow into a responsible adult. He would always give us a hello and ask if we needed anything. He will always be in our thoughts. “They fish in heaven Chad.”

  14. Jake Schreibeis

    Chad was a great contractor and my family and I were truly blessed by his craftsmanship. He recently helped us finish off our basement and it was such a joy having him around. My kids enjoyed bugging him while he tried to work. But he was more than a good, honest, and trustworthy contractor, he was a good friend. I will miss him and my heart hurts for the Rockman family. Gene and Sheila, we are still praying for you and you can call on us for anything.
    Jake

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