Robert Bob Rodgers

May 14, 1945 ~ November 19, 2010

Robert Lynn "Bob" Rodgers, 65, of Lake Charles died Friday, November 19, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mr. Rodgers was born, raised and educated in Colorado. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School, United States Naval Academy where he attained a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and Louisiana State University where he attained a Master's Degree in Marketing. He served the United States Navy during Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He has worked the past fifteen years as the Customer Service Manager for Lake Charles Toyota.

Mr. Rodgers enjoyed working crossword puzzles, suduko, playing bridge, disc golf and above all, spending time with his grandchildren. He will be most remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather with an overwhelming love for his family. He will be greatly missed by his family who loved him dearly, along with many friends.

He leaves to honor his memory, his loving wife of forty one years, Susan Webber Rodgers of Lake Charles; one daughter, Erin Rodgers Thacker and husband Joe of Birmingham, AL; one son, Colin Brant Rodgers and wife Sonya of Lake Charles; three grandchildren, Zen Chila of Lake Charles, Sawyer Thacker and Tanner Thacker, both of Birmingham, AL and one brother, William "Bil" Rodgers and wife Karen of Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ocie Elliott Rodgers.

Memorial services will be at 12:00 PM Monday, November 22, 2010 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Ronnie Estes will officiate. A gathering of friends and family will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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  1. A few things I remember:As a coach he worked to teach his kids respect for themselves, their teammates, and the sport. Winning was not as important as being real men of the game.As the league administrator he worked without end to make it happen for the kids. He and I worked to generate the first formal contract between the league and the referee association. The fruits of this work are still growing today.He and I refereed together for many years and here I have my most memories.oThe night in Sulphur he produced a blue card and evicted a section of the stands. He sold it and made for a better game that night. The quiet laugh among the referees lasted for weeks.oStood by his principles both on and off the field. On young rocket scientist was very consistent his use of abusive language and Bob was very consistent that there was no place on the soccer field for it.oWatching George and Bob argue the points of the game was always interesting. The pot and the kettle in mortal combat, but with a deep respect for each other.oBobs flaw was he worried to the extreme for the safety of the player. Something we should all learn from.Fittingly, maybe, Bob and I parted company with a soccer game. I do regret that. But today, I must say we have lost a true gentleman of the game. All of us need to take the time to remember him for his efforts for the game share. Also remember his family in this difficult time.Johnny Stephenson

  2. Dear Sue and family,I am one of Karon's brothers and just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about Bob's death. When I was in grade school I thought Bob was the coolest guy. Being a helicopter pilot and he brought a little convertable sports car to our farm one time. I have always remembered the fantastic ride he gave me after all these years.Our prayers are with your family and hopefully soon the pain of missing him will turn to the joyful memories of his life. May God's peace and strength be with you.Sincerely,Don and Margi Ehrke

  3. Dear Susan and family,We're so sorry to hear about Bob. We have fond memories of him with soccer and at the Toyota dealership. He will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.Sincerely, David Carol DwightAndy DwightStephen Dwight family

  4. I met Bob at the Toyota dealership. He rescued me when I was stranded. He was so very kind and thoughtful. He took control and did everything that was needed. He impressed me as someone who was always willing to go beyond the call of duty. I am so glad to read about his family and the love that they had for him. I know he will be missed. God broke the mold when he created this wonderful gentleman. God bless.

  5. I really enjoyed refereeing with Bob. We both spent many hours on the soccer in hot and cold weather. We caught up on family news the last time I was at the Toyota place. I will miss seeing him.

  6. Mrs. Susan, Erin and Cole, we are so sorry for your loss. One of my favorite memories of him was when I was buying my corolla. I picked the color of my car out of the book at the showroom and pointed it out to Mr. Bob as my choice. He took one look and said, Don't get that color, it's hideous! I saw that very color on another corolla weeks later – and he was so right! He was a great man.

  7. Susan, Erin, Colin Family,We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Tom and Lisa Terenyi

  8. To the Family-Fairview Elementary School would like to express our sympathy for the loss of Mr. Robert Bob Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers was the liason for Lake Charles Toyota and our school for the Partners-in-Education Program. He was instrumental in getting Mr. Phil Tarver to donate money to purchase a quiz bowl system for our first Quiz Bowl team in 2008. He even participated when LCT attended one of our parent meetings and played against one of our teams. He played very well for a new player. He also facilitated having several LCT staff members read Christmas stories to our students last year. We will remember Mr. Bob Rodgers as someone who cared about education.Fairview Elementary Lorette Bass, Principal Laura Nelson, Curriculum Coordinator Quiz Bowl Sponsor

  9. We have enjoyed knowing Bob for many years through our sons athletics to Lake Charles Toyota. He was a wonderful friend. He served our country well. We pray for the family to find peace.Bob is certainly with our Holy God now as he served Him on earth. An awesome gentleman!God bless, Lamar and Diane White

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