Stephen Paul Rodgers
February 18, 1931 – December 16, 2018
Stephen P. Rodgers (87) of Glendale, Arizona entered into Heaven on December 16, 2018. Stephen was born on February 18, 1931 and grew up in Hope Haven Orphanage until he became 18 years old and joined the Army. After completing his service in the Army, Stephen, joined the Air Force where he retired as a Tech Sergeant. Stephen loved the military and serving his country. He was a member of the Moose lodge and organized the annual serviced named “The Moose Golden Ball” each year. He also served as an honor guard member for recognition services, funeral services, and at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona for our fallen Military Service members and their families for over 50 years. Stephen’s heart was his family. He loved to sing Irish songs to his daughters and Florence (his ex-wife). Stephen loved God, the Catholic Church and Country. Stephen was known to all of his family and friends for his standard greeting of “Merry Christmas” “and I'm gonna give you a nickel.”
Stephen leaves behind his children Jimmy (Jeanne), Kimberley, Richard, Jeanne (Bill) and Tracey; grandchildren Larissa, Shelbie, Jacob, Stephen, Rachel, Samantha, Austin, Tristan and Brandon (Mandy); greatgrandchildren Gianna, Justin and Brayden; ex-wife Florence Rego and many other close family and friends. He is preceded by his son Rudy.
Services will be held at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary at 7924 N 59th Ave. Glendale AZ in the Garden Chapel on Monday December 31st starting with a visitation at 1115am, Service and sharing 1215, celebration ceremony by the Patriot Guard riders at 1pm, followed by a burial at The National Memorial Cemetery at 2pm (escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders).
- his children Jimmy (Jeanne), Kimberley, Richard, and Jeanne (Bill); grandchildren Larissa, Shelbie, Jacob, Stephen, Rachel, Samantha, Austin, Tristan and Brandon; greatgrandchildren Gianna, Justin and Brayden; ex-wife Florence Rego and many other close family and friends.
- Visitation Monday, December 31, 2018
- Memorial Service Monday, December 31, 2018
- Interment Monday, December 31, 2018
Stephen Paul Rodgers
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December 31, 2018
I will never forget the impact Mr.Rodgers had on my life.
I have known the family my whole life and have great memories with them, but it was when I helped care for him that he taught me and helped me understand what was the most important lesson in life.
He told me that in his he traveled many places and saw many things, but that nothing was more important or more meaning full than “unconditional love”. He said without love we are sad, lonely, miserable and have no real quality of life. Also, to not have the ability to forgive someone when we all make mistakes is against what the “Good Lord” was trying to teach us with his only begotten son “Jesus”. So to love you must be able to do it without question, hesitation and know we are all imperfect. That is why unconditional Love is the most important thing in this life . He also said that if you don’t have the ability, which many do or fail to get that he feels “sorry” for that person and he prays for them each night.
Pops had the biggest most loving unconditional heart I know, and I know without a doubt the he’s walking along the right hand side of our Lord and Savor. God was given back one of his angles put here on Earth to help teach and guide us back to our Father.
This isn’t goodbye Pops, but I’ll see you soon. All within the Blink of an Eye.
Love Always and Forever
December 31, 2018
Pops you will be greatly missed by many and be remembered with fond memories, good times, and loved by all. Great souls never ever part they leave an impression on anyone they come across. Merry Christmas in eternal rest XoxO Donna, Stephen & Rachel Rodgers
December 29, 2018
I've known the Rodgers family for over 30 years. Pops has always made everyone feel like family. I am grateful to have been able to spend time with him in his final days. I love you were his last words to me. He is now in Heaven with his father, until we meet again. Merry CHRISTMAS Pops. All my love.
Also to Tracey, thank you for all the care and love you gave him in his last years.