Obituaries

Earl Q. Rodger

rodgere.jpgEarl Quentin Rodger, 86, Shelton, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the home of his daughter on Harstine Island. Earl was born on June 5, 1925 in Hardwick, Vermont to Earl C. and Mary M. (Ayer) Rodger. He graduated in 1941 from St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, VT and from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1949. He worked as a structural engineer for the Boeing Company, Seattle until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Rogers served in WWII, 1942-1945, first as a Merchant Marine, than transferring to the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1948, he married Christine Grant. Mr. Rodger was a member of the EAAP (Experimental Aircraft Association Program). His hobbies included boating, flying (owned several airplanes), was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge and was a WWII history buff. His family shared that he was a very quiet and reflective man.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Rodger (Joni), Lacey and Richard Rodger (Kelly), Olympia; daughters, Susan Watkins (Jeff), Shelton and Carolyn Stegall (Larry) of Salem, Oregon; sister, Margaret Guy, Levitton, PA; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2006 and two sisters.

A private family service will be held at a later date with inurnment at the Harstine Island Cemetery. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.