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Lakeshore Mortuary

1815 South Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

OBITUARY

Rodger Lavern Nelson

April 21, 1947September 25, 2019
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Rodger Lavern Nelson died at a group home under Hospice care on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Rodger was born to Virginia Keith and Erling Nelson on April 21,1947, in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Washington High School, Class of 1965. He joined the U.S. Navy on March 22, 1966, as a Radio/Sonar technician, and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1970. He received an Associate's degree and worked in San Jose, California and Phoenix, Arizona in the Semiconductor industry. He married Susan "Sue" Kaltenberg Bendickson on July 11, 1975, at the home of friends in Los Gatos, California. Their daughter was born in August of 1980 and shortly after the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in August of 1983. Their son was born a few years later in November of 1987.

Rodger is preceded in death by his father, Erling. He is survived by his wife, Sue, daughter Sarah; her husband Zach and two grandkids, Cathal and Dawn of Casa Grande, and their son, Scott of Tempe. He is also survived by his mother, Virginia of Phoenix, and his sister Linda and her husband Eugene of Pinetop, four daughters and grandkids and their families'; Earlene of Alabama and her daughters and their kids and grandkids; and her son, an aunt, lots of cousins and their families'.

Rodger loved making puns, playing musical instruments, golf and bowling. His love of bowling started early as he was hired as a pin setter at 16 years old. He taught bowling to kids for over ten years in Chandler, Arizona.

A memorial service will be held at Lakeshore Memorial on October 12, 2019 from 3:00pm- 5:00pm; with a reception to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity or by donating flowers to a local nursing or care home.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Ellen Minde

October 26, 2019

My condolences to Sue and family. I know he will be missed.
One memory I have of Rodger is working on a dinner theater at church, and I played the grandma who got run over by a reindeer! He was so much fun, all the time!
Praying for all of you.

Carol Eidson

October 20, 2019

As kids our family did lots of get togethers. They were all fun and I know everyone has great memories of them. Us cousins were all pretty close. Rodger was a great guy and cousin. He will be missed by many.

Chuck Bruns

October 12, 2019

A lot of good memories of our friendship for more than 35 years. We teamed up together a number of times including hunting, bowling (“Hey Rodger, you’re up”), “Guess What Dinners” (somehow he managed to talk me into playing Wipeout on the drums), Seder Meals (drank way too much wine), and a couple of Camp Outs (What a bonfire!). You’ll be missed Rodg, thanks for the memories.

Chuck

Marlayne Boblett

September 28, 2019

Rodger and our family first met in Mare Island, California where our fathers served in the Navy together. He was known at one time as "my beat up boyfriend" due to an incident I am not proud of. Our families were always close,and were considered part of our family. He was a very special person and will leave a hole in many hearts. God speed until we meet again, and angels watch over your family at this time. Tina and I will miss you.😢

Roxanne Schmitt

September 28, 2019

Sadly, Rodger, a long-time friend is gone, but memories of him live on. I worked with Rodger, bought my 1st car (1968 Javelin) from him, and introduced him to his wife Sue over 45 years ago. I will always remember his great sense of humor, silly jokes, and wise-cracks.
He will be greatly missed. I’m sorry I can’t be there for you but I’m just a phone call away. My deepest sympathy goes out to Sue and his family.
Roxanne

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