Wayne Rodgers

Wayne Laverne Rodgers, 90, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 4, 1919, in Fort Collins, Colo., son of Walter Lyman and Pearl Edna Grubb Rodgers. He and Audrey Mae Anderson were married June 26, 1938.

Wayne served from Sept. 6, 1944 to Dec. 5, 1945, as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

After serving, he worked for United Air Lines and later at an auto body and paint repair shop. He then attended Colorado State University and received his master’s and bachelor degrees. He was also a member of the Lamella Sigma Fraternity.

He worked in the education field, serving as a high school instructor before teaching at the college level from 1951-’65. He was part of the implementation and development of Idaho Technical College. He worked in administration from 1966-’82 and retired from Boise State College in 1982.

Wayne accepted the Lord and was baptized in his teen years. He was ordained into the Restoration Church and served as an elder, seventy and patriarch. He was ordained as a minister in 1947. He served as a pastor at several churches.

He also attended Faith Baptist Church in Summersville. He was a member of the Lions Club in Boise, Idaho, and past member of the Summersville Saddle Club.

He was very proud of his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially Sydney. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son. He loved his animals, dogs, cats and his horses.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin and Gene; two sisters, Beulah and Lena; and a great grandson.

Survivors include three children, Ronald Rodgers of Post Falls, Idaho, Janet Harpe of Kennewick, Wash., and Janice Howell of Hartshorn; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Lowell Rodgers of Colorado and Vernon Rodgers of Arizona; and a host of friends.

Services were Wednesday, June 2, at Faith Baptist Church of Summersville with Pastors Leamon Johnson and Dave McVickers officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Smith Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home.

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