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Donald Reed Rodgers

  • On April 20, 2020
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Donald Reed Rodgers, 98, formerly of Indiana, PA, died on April 20, 2020 in McMurray, PA.

The son of the late Jesse and Maggie Rodgers, he was born on November 5, 1921.

He is survived by Gladys Rodgers, his wife of 78 years, son, Donald (Charlotte) Rodgers Jr. of Lee, MA, daughter, Barbara (Darwin) Trahern of Venetia, PA, son, Richard (Ud) Rodgers of Charlestown, MA and one sister, Ruth Schrom of Harrisonburg, VA (102 years old).  Also surviving him are his grandchildren Beth Anne Rodgers, Corine (Rick) Winfield, Nick (Amanda) Prothero, and three great grandchildren, Quincy Winfield, Louis Winfield, Ella Prothero and many nieces and nephews.

He was born and grew up in Aitch, PA and graduated from Huntingdon, PA High School. He married Gladys Fouse on January 31, 1942 and soon thereafter, began his military service with the Army Air Force.  He was a radio operator on a B-17 Bomber and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the Philippines, which included involvement in the Guadalcanal Campaign.  He achieved the rank of Sergeant and upon his Honorable Discharge after 39 months of service, he returned to Pennsylvania.

He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry. He was employed for 30 years by PennDOT as a registered landscape architect, working out of the Indiana, PA office beginning in 1950.

After he retired he was able to devote his attention to his passions of hunting, fishing, plus growing plants and vegetables.  He was an active member of the Ken Sink Trout Unlimited Chapter and served in numerous capacities, including chapter president.  He loved to teach the art of tying flies for fly fishing and put on numerous classes, including those to help Boy Scouts earn their Fly Fishing Merit Badge.  Additionally, he lectured on growing plants and vegetables at numerous events around the state.  He was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church in Indiana, PA for many decades before moving to McMurray, PA in January of 2018.

A private memorial service is planned in August at the Entriken Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Graystone Presbyterian Church, 640 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701.

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8 Comments

Melinda Banach
  • Apr 21 2020
FROM EVERY WINDOW, I CAN SEE THE BEAUTY THAT YOU'VE GIVEN ME THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, AS SEASONS PASS THE BLESSINGS WILL FOREVER LAST We love you dearly Pop Pop, Melinda and Family
Dawn Leone-Parker
  • Apr 22 2020
Dear Mrs. Rodgers and all of your loved ones: I remember you and your dear husband from Graystone Church. You both were always very pleasant people and such a sweet couple. May God bless and comfort you during this difficult season and always.
Keith Ewing, KSTU President
  • Apr 23 2020
Ken Sink Trout Unlimited (KSTU) President, Board, & Chapter members would like to express our condolences to the Rogers family. Donald’s work with KSTU in many capacities including Chapter President was greatly appreciated. Donald’s volunteer work with local conservation groups, his fly tying instruction & lectures has helped to move us KSTU forward to a successful organization that continues to serve local/state conservation and youth education.
Jack Bellak
  • Apr 23 2020
Mrs. Rodgers I was employed by Penndot and first knew Don at that time. I remember you and Don at Graystone Church. Also talking with both of you at the Elk's spaghetti dinners held at various times. Sincere condolences to the Rodgers family.
Patricia Foust Rodgers
  • Apr 23 2020
My sincere sympathy is extended to you, Gladys, upon the passing of Don. You may remember me as a newbie at Penn State the summer of 1949 and later a student at Indiana State College. When I moved to Lititz four years ago, I met Roy Rodger who told me you and his wife were good friends. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don and you had a good long time together.
LOIS M. FOUSE
  • Apr 25 2020
TO MY SISTER GLADYS AND HER FAMILY, MAY THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF DON COMFORT YOU. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, YOUR BROTHER GENE & MAXINE.
Susan L Miller
  • Apr 25 2020
Dear Don and family, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. In the 60's, he always waved at me as I was walking up Church St. on my way to the high school as he was on his way to work. And your mom and I coincided lately on the same day at the hair salon. She must be feeling along after so many years together with your dad. Please give her a hug for me and my sincere sympathies. Be well! Susan Lepley Miller
Tom Betts
  • May 10 2020
To all the Rodgers family - I was very sad to hear of Don's passing, though what an amazing and long life he lived! Don was a great friend to my dad, Bill, and together they spent many hours fishing -- in Canada, on Little Mahoning Creek in Indiana County, on Spring Creek near State College, and I'm sure many places that I was too young to even know about. As I was growing up, Don taught me plenty about turkey hunting, fly tying, and landscaping (he was my first "employer" when I helped him in his landscaping business). I will remember Don's wonderful sense of humor -- any conversation with him involved plenty of laughter -- and his impressive knowledge of fishing and hunting issues. Sometime during the 1990s, I took Don and my dad on a several-day camping/fishing trip on an island in Canada's Georgian Bay ... now that was some trip! What a memory -- a good time was had by all! Don was a wonderful person, and I am so happy to have enjoyed his friendship for many years.
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