Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed quietly

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at home on June 4, 2021. Rodney was born in Livonia, Michigan on

August 11, 1965, to William and Geraldine Symes. He was the youngest of

three children. Rodney grew up in Michigan and later moved to Salt Lake

City, Utah. He began his career in the restaurant industry and later

started his own welding company, known as Symes Fabrication. Then,

Rodney worked at Consumer Ride and Drive for General Motors. Later his

life changed, and he went into the Addiction Recovery Field, and

received his license in Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor

(ASUDC) at the University of Utah. He worked at several recovery centers

as a counselor. His last position was Director of Operations at First Step

House. He loved working and helping recovering patients gain strength

and confidence in their future. He always put others before himself. He

was such a funny guy and always made you laugh. Rodney was passionate

about cooking gourmet meals and fixing wonderful, barbequed dinners

and picnics on the grill. He was an automobile enthusiast, enjoying all

different styles and types of old and new cars. Rodney’s main interests

were camping, fishing and boating. He loved the great outdoors. His

greatest joy and contentment were spending free time with family,

friends and his pet Boxer, Bruno. Rodney will be remembered as strong,

supportive, and a “true man of his word. He loved his daughters and son,

grandchildren and family fiercely. He will be missed by so many There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved Author-George Sand and

shall be remembered in our hearts always and forever. Rodney is survived

by his two daughters, Ashley Symes, Olivia Symes and son Christopher

Lepkowski, brother David (Kathleen) Symes, sister Launnee Symes,

nephew Austen Symes and grandchildren; Estella, Temper, Azure, and

Dublin. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Geraldine

Symes. There will be a “Celebration of Life” Open House held for family

and friends at Brookstone Social Center, 1630 East 6480 South, Salt Lake

City, Utah between the hours of 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, June 13,

2021. This is a sober celebration out of respect for the family.


  • Survived By
  • Ashley Symes, Daughter
  • Olivia Symes, Daughter
  • Christopher Lepkowski, Son
  • Estella, Temper, Azure & Dublin, Grandchildren
  • David Symes, Brother
  • Launnee Symes, Sister
  • Austen Symes, Nephew
  • Preceded in Death By
  • William J. Symes, Father
  • Geri M. Symes, Mother

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Jun 11, 2021


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Livonia, Michigan, United States


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


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I had ran into Rodney last summer and had not seen him for over 20 years. It was amazing to get the chance to see him one more time as well as meet his daughter. I am sorry for the loss he was a good man and did amazing work in the addiction field. I love you Rodney I hope you are at peace. Love always hAlfpiNt

Amy Collins , Wells, NV, US Jul 19, 2021

I worked with Rodney at First Step House. He took good care of me and got me whatever I needed. Anytime I needed something he was there for me. Although he wasn't my Director, he should have been. I had many conversations with Rodney and I will cherish them. I am glad I worked with him and got to know him. I will miss him and he will be missed by many.

Jeannett Madsen , salt lake city , UT, US Jun 14, 2021


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