SIDNEY — Funeral service for Brodie Gorder, 8, of Sidney, is 2 Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Sidney High School Gymnasium. Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home. Remembrances, condolences and pictures can be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Brodie Benjamin Gorder was born on Sept. 6, 2004, in Williston, N.D., to (Tod) Shane and Lisa (Partridge) Gorder. Brodie had just completed the second grade at Rau Elementary School and was a youth member of the Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church.
Brodie was a mischievous, sweet little boy that enjoyed life with a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He was very quiet when he was a very young boy and his sister Brielle would talk for him. Once he began talking, his jokes and laughter would fill a room. He loved to play on his ranch near the Yellowstone River. He spent his summer days swimming and recently canoeing with his Grandpa Tod and older siblings. He had some great vacations in his little life. He was able to see the University of Minnesota and its wrestling camp that his brother attended. He loved the Mall of America and Camp Snoopy. Brodie was able to meet Mickey Mouse in Florida during his sister’s pageant. We will never forget his excitement as he hugged him and smiled. He was the shadow of his older brothers and sisters that he looked up to and he was always following their footsteps. He was a light in the lives of our family
Brodie was a member of the Forever Buds 4-H club and he just showed his first animals at the fair. He loved to play video games and often challenged many to a battle in Mario Kart that he almost always won. He enjoyed spending time at his grandparent’s house and could often be found sneaking down the driveway for breakfast or dinner with Gramma and Grampa. In school Brodie liked to read and loved recess with his friends playing kickball. He was looking forward to his first year in flag football and was excited for this school year.
Brodie’s favorite thing in the world was wrestling. He put on a singlet on at the age of three and became a member of the Sidney Wrestling Club. He was a champion and a placer at many local and national tournaments. Brodie was always asking when the next match or trip would be. The hours spent on a bus with coaches and wrestlers from across the state were many and his coaches always commented on how quickly he was able to learn. He had traveled to Sante Fe, N.M., twice for Grand Nationals, where he placed in every style both years. 2012 was a big year of wrestling accomplishments. In this year he was a Greco Grand Nationals Champion and he was the only wrestler on Team Montana to complete a challenge and score a 5-point throw. He was also a Champion at the Big Sky State Games in Billings, and he was on his first official dual team for Sidney at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo, N.D. His talent and love for the sport had given him opportunities to meet people in many states and across the state of Montana at dozens of wrestling tournaments. In his short wrestling career, he had won more medals and honors than many high school wrestlers. His dream was to become a Sidney Eagle High School wrestler like his brothers and to have his name on the wall of honors. We are sure that he was destined for greatness.
Brodie was injured by an ATV accident that occurred on the family ranch and God took his little hand and walked with him to heaven on Aug. 18, 2013.
Brodie is survived by his parents, Shane and Lisa Gorder; brothers, Brennan, Brady, Greyson; sisters, Jalyssa and Brielle; grandparents, Tod and Susan Gorder, Barbara Partridge, Melvin Wilson; aunt, Brandi Partridge (Jamie Lindemann); uncle, Cody Gorder (Audrey Harris); cousins, Adryan Gorder, Darci Sotelo, Collin, Camri, and Hadli Lindemann.
Brodie was preceded in death by his grandfather, Stuart Partridge; uncle, Jeremy Gorder; and his beloved pup, Beau.