STAFF SERGEANT KRISTOPHER DAN RODGERS age 29 of Burr Oak, Michigan and formerly of Howe, Indiana and a graduate of Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana with the class of 1998 was killed Saturday August 16,
2008 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan while serving his country with the U.S. Army.
He was born December 29, 1978 in LaGrange, Indiana a son to Danny & Kathryn (Smith) Rodgers.
Kristopher had resided in Howe, Indiana most of his life. On October 2,
1999 he married Selina Schroeder in Three Rivers, Michigan.
He had served in the U.S. Army for the past eight years. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26^th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Kristopher had a true passion and love of football and was a fan of the Chicago Bears and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was also a fan of the Detroit Red Wings and enjoyed food, fishing and playing golf.
Kristopher had many interests and hobbies but his number one concern and love in his life was his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Selina, 3 ½ year old son; Kaden Dan Rodgers, Mother; Kathryn (Dennis) Wiard of Howe, Indiana, Step-Sister; Rachel Wiard of Sturgis, Step-Brother; Joshua Wiard of Burr Oak, Grandmothers; Vivian Smith of Shipshewana, Indiana and Rose Hinkleman of Adrian, Michigan, Mother-in-law; Cheryl (Pat) Evans of Three Rivers, Father-in-law; Douglas (Julie) Schroeder of Burr Oak, Sisters-in-law; Jane;; (her fiancée Richie Ultz) Reaper of Burr Oak, Hazel (Jacob) Shingledecker of Three Rivers, Jennifer Kurtz of Chicago, Charity Kurtz of Chicago and Haruka (Jason) Griffith of Burr Oak and many nieces and nephews.
His father, Grandfathers; James Smith and Bill Rodgers and brother-in-law; Shaun Reaper preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Thursday August 28th and 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday August 29th at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating and honoring the life of Kristopher Dan Rodgers will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday August 30^th at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, 907 N. Nottawa Rd., Sturgis, MI. The Rev. Kevin Terrell of the Temple Baptist Church of Three Rivers and Chaplin of the U.S.
Army will officiate. Following the service a final committal and full military rites will be conferred at Lakeland High School Football Stadium in LaGrange, Indiana. In accordance with his wishes cremation will follow all services.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family for Kaden and Selina’s future needs c/o: Selina Rodgers, 110 S. Third St., Burr Oak, MI 49030. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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