Rodger Phillip Wantin Sr.
1944 - 2021
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Rodger Phillip Wantin, Sr.

Rodger Phillip Wantin, Sr., 76, of Farmington Hills, passed away on January 1, 2021. He was born on May 14, 1944 to the late Rudolph and Carol (Osborne) Wantin in Detroit, MI.

Rodger worked as an Area Manager for Ford Motor Company in the Transmission Division for 40 years. He served honorably in the United States Marines in Vietnam, and was an Eagle Scout. He attended Henry Ford High School, Michigan Tech (Engineering), Northwood University (BA in Business), and Central Michigan University (Masters in Business Finance).

Rodger enjoyed spending time with family, cars, racing, bowling, camping, coaching soccer and he was a fan of the Detroit Lions. He owned one of the first Boss 429 Mustangs. Rodger was a member of Ward Church in Northville.

Rodger is survived by his loving wife, Linda Kay; children, Rodger "Phillip" Wantin II, Dana Lynn Rinard (husband, Shea); grandchildren, Luukas, Noah, Allison, Amberlynn; sister, Gail Deman; sister-in-law, Nancy Kent; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Rodger was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Avallone; brother, Richard Wantin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences can be given at

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Published in Observer & Eccentric Newspapers from Jan. 7 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 9, 2021
Those we love don't go away;
They walk beside us every day;
Unseen, unheard, but always near;
So loved, so missed, so very dear.
Nancy Kent
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