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Thomas E. Rodgers


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Thomas E. Rodgers Obituary
Thomas E. Rodgers, 89, of Wooster, Ohio, died Monday, April 9, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born March 1, 1929, in Johnstown, one of six children of George W. and Nelle M. Rodgers. Thomas graduated from Southmont High School in Johnstown. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. After graduation, he worked as a civil engineer for Blaw-Knox Corp. in Pittsburgh; Caracas, Venezuela; London, England; and Richland, Wash. He attended the Duquesne University School of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree in 1964. Later, he took a position with Welch Food Corp. at its headquarters in Westfield, N.Y. In 1968, he returned to Pennsylvania and entered the private practice of law in Greensburg. Later he was joined in his law practice by his daughter, Patricia A. Rodgers, and his son-in-law, David H. Cullis. After his retirement, he operated Golf Resort, a par three golf course in New Kensington. In 2014, due to health problems, he moved to Wooster to reside with his daughter and son-in-law, where he remained until his death. He is survived by three daughters, Diane L. Rabe, of Butterfield, Minn.; Patricia A. Rodgers, of Wooster, Ohio; and Cynthia L. Reed, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Jamie (Cary) Quiring, of Mountain Lake, Minn.; Joshua (Jessica) Rabe, of Buford, Ga.; and Chelsea Reed and Cassidy Reed, both of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Other survivors include great-grandchildren Sara and Mark Quiring and Lexi and Logan Rabe. He is also survived by a brother, Richard (Nancy) Rodgers; and a sister, Hope Clark; and was preceded in death by a brother, George (Buck) Rodgers; a sister, Margaret (Margie) Russo; and a brother, Havel Hal Rodgers, who died in infancy. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins with whom he maintained regular contact.
A private memorial will be held in Wooster, Ohio. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown with Majors Ronald and Pamela Santmyer officiating. McINTIRE, BRADHAM AND SLEEK FUNERAL HOME, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, Ohio, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio; or Wooster Community Hospital.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2018
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