Richard James (Dick) Rodgers, 76, of Linesville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, at his residence after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Born May 19, 1937, in Vernon Township, he was a son of Hugh and Eva Hicks Rodgers. He married Joan F. Pasikoski on Nov. 8, 1958, in Meadville.
Dick was a 1957 graduate of Meadville High School. He then served our country for four years in the U.S. Army in Germany. He later served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and was honorably discharged in 1966.
For a few years, Dick worked at Xerox as a technical representative. He then worked for many years in the recovery unit at Avtex Fibers in Meadville until the plant closed in 1985. For more than 20 years, he worked as a truck driver for Schneider National and also as an independent driver.
Dick was a member of Conneaut Lake Presbyterian Church. He also was a member of Meadville Elks Lodge 219 and Linesville American Legion Post 462.
He was a member of the Guardian USA Vets Blue and White, Summit Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Conneaut Lake Sportsman’s Club where he was also a past president. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and loved to ride his motorcycle.
Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Joan F. Rodgers; five children, Christopher Rodgers and his wife, Cathy, of Mercer, Kenneth Rodgers of Linesville, Kelley Pennock and her husband, Gerald, of Grand Island, Fla., Richard T. Rodgers of Linesville, and Kimberley Carne and her husband, David, of Harmonsburg; six grandchildren, Frank Knize and his wife, Iris, of Mercer, James and Jared Pennock, both of Grand Island, and Alyssa, Angela and David Carne, all of Harmonsburg; two great-grandchildren, Shawn and Saphira; two brothers, Hugh D. Rodgers of South Bend, Ind., and John D. Rodgers and his wife, Mary, of Sugar Grove; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Robert Rodgers; a sister, Margaret (Peg) Adsit; and an infant sister, Julie Rodgers.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Terry Smith, pastor of music and visitation, officiating.
Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Vernon Township. Full military honors will be provided by Huidekoper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 505 Poplar St., Suite 310, Meadville, Pa. 16335; or to the Guardian USA Vets Blue and White, P.O. Box 792, Andover, Ohio 44003.
Please share a condolence or memory of Dick for the family at royalcolemanfuneralhome.com.