Eric W. Roozen

Eric W. Roozen, age 51, of Gayville, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Rick Pittenger officiating.  The funeral will be livestreamed and can be viewed at  Burial will be in the Gayville Cemetery in Gayville, South Dakota.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.  The family requests that face coverings be worn for those attending the funeral and visitation.

Eric W. Roozen was born November 2, 1969, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Merance and Carol Sue (South) Roozen.  He grew up on the farm near Gayville, South Dakota and graduated from Gayville-Volin High School in 1988.  He then attended and played football at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he caught the radio bug and graduated with a degree in Mass Communications/Broadcasting in 1993.  He worked in radio in Mitchell, South Dakota for a short time until moving back to Gayville, South Dakota and began working at WNAX Radio and 104.1 the Wolf in Yankton. He most recently was working at KVHT Radio, 106.3 Classic Hits and 1570 ESPN Radio, in Yankton.

Eric was a member of Gayville-Volin United Methodist Church in Gayville.  Eric loved being on the radio, playing music or covering sports.  He enjoyed good food, traveling for the radio station and was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Dakota Wesleyan University fan.  He especially loved spending time with his family and children.

Survivors include his three children: Dillon (Miranda) Roozen of Brookings, South Dakota; Conner Roozen of Flandreau, South Dakota  and Brooklyn Roozen of Flandreau, South Dakota; mother, Carol Sue Roozen of Gayville, South Dakota; two brothers: Kip (Barb) Roozen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Mark Roozen of Yankton; sister Kim (Duane) Bennett of Gayville, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merance Roozen.

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16 response to "Eric W. Roozen"

  1. By: Kathy Church Posted: August 23, 2021

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to the Roozen family. Eric was one of a kind and I will truly miss him.

  2. By: Jeri Mutziger Posted: August 23, 2021

    When Eric was working at Unclaimed Freight he was a fun employee who was always ready to pull a prank on unsuspected victims. I always kept tabs on where he went and also his love for the Vikings. You are leaving a family that loved you. Take care my friend..

  3. By: Tami Nielsen Posted: August 24, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to Eric’s family. Heaven gained a sweet, funny, & generous soul. I pray that God strengthen each of you and give you all hope during this difficult time. Eric will be missed by many!

  4. By: Rev. Gary Kimm Posted: August 28, 2021

    While I worked part time at WNAX I had the pleasure of knowing Eric. To add to the experience, Eric was a DWU classmate of my younger daughter’s and she always spoke well of him too. He enjoyed FaceBook because it kept him in touch with others. I think that was a true issue of Eric’s.. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. By: Troy Smith Posted: August 31, 2021

    Eric and I were teammates for the DWU football program. We were friends. We spent a spring break together where he chaperoned us crazies. Eric was a genuinely good human being and a good friend. I regret not staying in touch nearly enough. My thoughts go out to his family and vast collection of other friends that Eric impacted.

  6. By: Julie Babcock Posted: August 31, 2021

    To my lifelong friends… my heart and prayers are with you all! I had just seen Eric my last visit “back home”, and for that, I am thankful! He was such a kind, funny, happy soul, and I am grateful I he was a prescence growing up in our church family. I honestly don’t have words to express my sympathy, or how much his light touched our lives. Much love, many hugs, and constant prayers for you all!

  7. By: Lorrie and Brian Berg Posted: August 31, 2021

    Our thoughts prayers and love go out to all of you

  8. By: Teresa Gebel Posted: August 31, 2021

    Roger & I have such positive memories of Eric. Eric will be remembered as a kind, genuine man a smooth voice, broad smile and kind word for everyone. He was one of a kind…. I know that you will miss him terribly.. We pray that God watches over all of his family. Fly high friend.
    Teresa, Roger & Joe

  9. By: Vinny Campbell Posted: August 31, 2021

    Much love for you all and many prayers. Take it one day at a time.

  10. By: Stanton Bockwoldt Posted: September 1, 2021

    My condolences to the entire Roozen family. I met Eric when we were both students at DWU. I appreciated the fact that he was one of those people who treated everyone with kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing.

  11. By: Steve Zwemke Posted: September 3, 2021

    I worked with Eric for several years in Mitchell. There couldn’t have been a nicer guy. I was always impressed with his ability to handle every situation with grace under pressure. The loss of Eric is such sad news. My sympathy and prayers to Eric’s family. Solidarity, Eric!

  12. By: Tony Simons Posted: September 6, 2021

    I had the privilege to coach Eric at GV. He was an absolute great player & teammate. My most sincere condolences to the Rosen Family

  13. By: Kardel Miller Posted: September 7, 2021

    Rozy was my roommate my freshman year at Wesleyan. He was the big brother to me that I needed that year. When I returned to DWU after leaving the football program, he was one of the first to welcome me back to the team. Rozy was a role model on and off the field. He was loyal to the program, coaches and teammates while his kindness, respect and huge heart for everyone is what set him apart and made him unique. Over the past 25 years I wish we would have stayed better connected but when we had reunions it was as though time had stood still. His huge smile, handshake and belly laugh would connect us all. We miss you Brother! Rest In Peace.

  14. By: James Craig Posted: September 8, 2021

    One of most gregarious and gracious men I’ve ever known; from a gregarious and gracious family. Full of life and positive energy. There are not enough like Eric in the world; and now one less. This one really hurts. My heartfelt condolences to the Roozens and all in the Gayville and DWU communities that loved him.

  15. By: Diane l Fuhrer Posted: September 8, 2021

    My heart goes out to your entire family. Eric was a very sweet and caring guy. I don’t remember a time that I saw him that he didn’t have a smile on his face. He was a special guy that will be missed by so many. The live stream of the funeral was very nice. His son spoke from the heart. Sympathy and Prayers for all of you.

  16. By: Amy Duffield Posted: September 8, 2021

    Carol Sue, so sorry to read of your son Eric’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    with love, Amy

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