Quilt Project Panel
RODNEY LYLE WIDERBURG
Dec. 31, 1962 – Jul. 22, 2001
An Appreciation by Neil Coffman-Grey
In the late 1980s and early 90s, The Library on Main Street in Ventura was the place to be on Thursday and Sunday nights, the dance club’s “Gay nights” with DJ Steve Sharp at the helm. RODNEY LYLE WIDERBURG arrived with a big splash in the dance community, with striking dance moves highlighted by his amazing backflip on the dancefloor. It was not long before admirers were following him in the Electric Slide.
Rod was so popular that The Library hired him as a server, and he became synonymous with his moves as well as some of his favorite songs, which included Capt. Hollywood’s “More and More,” which he would lipsynch whenever Steve played it.
Over the course of the 90s and with his dear friend JR at his side, Rod became an active member in the community until his passing on July 22, 2001, at Ventura County Medical Center at the age of 38.
Rodney was born December 31, 1962 in Albuquerque, NM, but lived in VC for 28 years. Beyond his passion for dancing, Rod loved being outdoors, particularly going to the beach.
His memorial service and reception were held at Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, with his ashes spread at a private ceremony. His survivors included his mom Mona, dad Richard of Arizona, and siblings Rhonda, Randy, Russ and Ryan, their spouses and a dozen nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.
Rod was a warm, caring and funny person, and touched many lives with his sweetness and legendary dancing. He is missed greatly but never forgotten.