John D. Rodgers

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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.


  1. To say John (callsign KGØUA) loved amateur radio would be an understatement. He worked all the contests he could and proudly displayed the certificates of contests he won on the walls of his “hamshack” (radio room). Until his health started to fail, John enthusiastically participated in all the events of the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club and the Kansas City DX Club. The annual “Field Day” was his favorite, where he usually operated by sending the dots and dashes of the Morse code to make contacts. John loved to contact distant stations in exotic and far-away places such as Antarctica. He greatly enjoyed receiving the colorful postcards (QSL cards) that the distant stations sent to confirm details of the contacts.

    John will be greatly missed by his fellow radio amateurs. Our sincere condolences to his family.

  2. Rhonda Philpott on December 21, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    India and Kathy,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I have many memories of him from when my family lived in Leeview when we were all young. I learned some things about him in this obituary that I didn’t know or maybe just forgot. He was a great father and loved you both and John David very much, this was evident in his words and deeds. I know you will always miss him. I wish peace for all of you.

    Rhonda Philpott

  3. The Way Family on December 19, 2020 at 11:19 am

    We pray that you will feel God’s love for you and that his promises will bring you peace during this difficult time.
    Our deepest condolences to all.

  4. Amy Godwin on December 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    I am so sorry about your dad. I loved reading about his life and all his interests and accomplishments.
    You took care of him so well. I am so glad Todd is on this journey with you.
    All our love,
    Amy, Alan & Micah Godwin

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