Chance Tobin Rodgers, 15, passed away July 9, 2011, at his home in Midland, Ore.
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A celebration of Chance's life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Henley High School. Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Chance was born on Aug. 31, 1995, to Jim and Jennifer Rodgers in Klamath Falls, Ore. He attended Hosanna and Henley schools.
In Chance's short life of almost 16 years, he had many experiences. He was involved in ROTC, 4H Four Shots, archery, Henley band, and Henley wrestling team. Chance played alto saxophone and guitar and enjoyed learning French. He was also an avid artist and loved drawing trucks, military scenes, disaster scene comic strips and comic strips in the style of "The Far Side."
As a little boy, Chance was a huge fan of trains and, as he grew up, fell in love with 18 wheelers. More than anything else, he loved trucking with his Papa Rodgers. They made many trips across the United States. He also participated in a Safari Wish deer hunt in Texas and a Hunt-of-a-Lifetime moose hunt in Canada. Shooting guns, hunting, and playing video games like "Call of Duty" and "Medal of Honor" were among his favorite things to do.
Even at his young age, Chance was a patriot. He had a passion for the military, especially the Army Rangers. He was able to travel to Fort Lewis to spend a day as an Army Ranger. He was extremely knowledgeable on the subject of World War II. His original Make-A-Wish was to travel to Normandy, France, to see where D-Day occurred. During the last months, Chance was able to create a website called "Chance's Weapons of War."
Chance was very mature for his age and had an amazing sense of humor, always joking and laughing, even in the most embarrassing or difficult situations. He was an inspiration to all ages, impacting lives, not only to those here in the Klamath Basin but across the USA. He had a special love for his three younger sisters and took the responsibility of being a big brother very seriously.
Who Chance was as a person is a direct result of his loving family that included great-grandparents and grandparents who have gone before him.
Survivors include his parents Jim Rodgers and Jennifer (Botens) Honeycutt and step-dad David Honeycutt; three sisters Shelby Rodgers, Marilynn and Riley Honeycutt; grandparents James and Marianne Rodgers, Michael and Ruth Botens, and Lee and Patricia Brewer; great-grandmothers Eileen Botens and Ruth Lund; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and numerous special and dear friends.
Chance will be best remembered as an inspiration to all, regardless of age. He was a tough, amazing young man who overcame a great deal with such grace and humor.
Memorial contributions may be sent to: 1.) Hunt-of-a-Lifetime: www.huntofalifetime.org, 2.) Ronald McDonald House Charities: www.rmhc.org, 3.) Caring Bridge: www.caringbridge.org, 4.) ROTC: www.ROTC.com, and 5.) Make-A-Wish: www.wish.org.
Published in Herald And News on July 15, 2011