Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2004

Willard W. Rodgers


February 19, 2004

Funeral services for Willard W. "Willie" Rodgers, 76, Ottawa, were Monday, Feb. 9, at Dengel and Son Mortuary with the Rev. Earl Zimmerman officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.
Mr. Rodgers died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at the Richmond Care Center. He was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Ottawa, the son of Walter H. and Vinnie (DeWald) Rodgers. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1945 to 1946.
Mr. Rodgers was a heavy equipment operator for 42 years, retiring in January 1989. He worked for several companies including Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in De Soto and he helped build several missile bases in Kansas and Missouri. He also helped build the power plant in LaCygne.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Local Union No. 101, Topeka; the American Legion Warren Black Post No. 60 and the Over The Road Gang, both in Ottawa, the Ottawa Antique Car Club and the Veterans Motor Car Club of America, Kansas City, Kan.
He married Dorothy Lang on Jan. 23, 1949, in Garnett. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, Don Rodgers, Shelton, Wash., Charles "Butch" Rodgers, McLouth; and Keith Rodgers, Eudora; a daughter, Judy Van Fleet, Woodland Hills, Calif.; a sister, Gwen Whitebread, Baldwin City; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, sent in care of the funeral home, 236 S. Hickory St., Ottawa 66067.
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