John D. Rodgers
John D. Rodgers
November 9, 1933– December 9, 2020
John Rodgers was born in Baxter Springs, KS on November 9, 1933 to Sybil Pliler and Otis Rodgers. He spent most of his early years in Miami, OK. After high school he moved to Kansas City to work for the Kansas City Star.
In 1952, he enlisted in the Air Force working in communications and serving four years during the Korean war. He met LaVon “Bonnie” Pearce while visiting his mother in the hospital and was married in 1956. In 1965, he moved to Olathe, Kansas to be closer to work. John had three children; India (Dean) Schropp of Liberty, MO; Katherine (Todd) Keach of Olathe, KS and John Rodgers (Chris Hall) of Shawnee, KS. He has two grandchildren whom he dearly loved, David Rodgers and Jared Rodgers. He was a man that loved his family and whatever he set out to do in life, he did it well. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller in Olathe, KS for 28 years, winning awards in excellence and supervision.
John had many hobbies throughout his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, big band music from the 40’s and was a huge World War II enthusiast. He received his pilot’s license in the late 60’s. John also trained his beloved black Labrador, Jet to hunt by voice, whistle and hand command. On hunting trips, John thoroughly enjoyed watching Jet, tirelessly bring back yet another duck! Above all, fishing was his most favorite thing to do. He fished most of his life, both in Oklahoma and the Lake of the Ozarks.
In his later years and using his communication skills from the Air Force and Air Traffic Control, he received his Hamm Radio License. He was a member of the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club and the Kansas City DX Club. He enjoyed Morse Code and Contesting. He received several Contest Certificates for contacting other Hamm Radio operators around the world.
John passed away in Olathe on December 9, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his family.