Rodger D. Setser, 71, of Millville passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Jefferson Hospital with his family at his side.
Rodger grew up in a small coal mining town in eastern Kentucky in very tough conditions. After losing his father at a young age, he was blessed to have the love and guidance of his brothers, sisters and mother to see him through their hard early life. He met the love of his life, Joan, while in college. Their life together was a true love story that lasted for over 47 years of marriage, which blessed them with two sons and four grandchildren that he loved with all his heart. Their life brought them to Millville, where he worked as an educator, starting in 1965, until his retirement in 1996. During his life in Millville he touched so many lives as a coach, teacher, mentor, friend and church member. He enjoyed fishing, sports, gardening and travel. But, above all, he enjoyed his family and will be remembered by them for being such a loving uncle, brother, grandfather, father and husband. He was a true hero to everyone in his life. He always shared a smile and gave all that he had to anyone he knew.
Rodger is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, Chris Setser and his wife Allison, and Steve Setser and his wife Jessica; four grandchildren, Madison, Meredith, Hutch and Marin Setser; two brothers, Paul Setser and his wife Patricia, and Fred Setser and his wife Jeanne; three sisters, Ela Ruth Ratcliff, Sandra Buckles and her husband Victor, and Debra Hill and her husband John.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Rodger's funeral services Friday and Saturday. There will be a viewing Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barr Funeral Home, 2104 E. Main St., Millville, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 201 N. 2nd St., Millville. The Rev. Melissa Doyle-Wald will conduct the funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the church. Burial will be private for family in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Pa.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Rodger's memory to the Help and Hope Ministry or the SHINE Ministry c/o the First United Methodist Church.