OBITUARY

William "Bill" Anthony Rodgers

December 9, 1948June 4, 2021
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William "Bill" Anthony Rodgers, age 72, passed away at home on June 4, 2021. Bill was born in Effingham, Illinois to parents Colonel and Palma Rodgers. Bill and his family moved to Casa Grande, Arizona in the 1950's where he attended grade school. They later moved to the East Valley, where he graduated from Westwood High school in 1966. His family ran Bunker's mortuary as he was growing up where he drove the ambulance and he was able to be certified as one of the first medics in Arizona. Bill started his career at the Maricopa county Sheriff's Office in 1969, during this time he was drafted into the US Army. He served from 1971 - 1973 in Vietnam. When returning, he went back to work for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He retired as a Sergeant in 1993. In his retirement Bill began volunteering for Apache Junction Police Department as a Reserve Office. He retired from the Police Department in 2014. Bill is a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans Association (East Valley Chapter 1011). He loved to play Golf no matter how warm out it was outside. He enjoyed traveling to Greer, Arizona to go fishing. As well as going to the Casino with family. Bill is survived by his loving wife Teresa and their son; Travis. His daughters; Kerry Morgan and Stephanie Guidel and four grandchild. His sister; Jacque Eells and nephew; Cody Eells. Mother-in-law; Mary Warren and beloved Dog, Yoda. He is preceeded in death by his parents Colonel and Palma Rodgers. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1pm at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park; 400 S. Power Rd. Mesa, Arizona 85206. To share a memory with Bill's family please visit www.mariposagardens.com. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to 100 club of Arizona, https://www.100club.org/donate/ or the Vietnam Veterans Association (East Valley Chapter 1011); PO Box 52587, Mesa, AZ 85208.

  • FAMILY

  • Teresa Rodgers, Wife
  • Travis Rodgers, Son
  • Kerry Morgan, Daughter
  • Stephanie Guidel, Daughter
  • Jacque Eells, Sister
  • Cody Eells, Nephew
  • Colonel Rodgers, Father (deceased)
  • Palma Rodgers, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary Warren, Mother-in-law
  • 4 Grandchildren

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, June 25, 2021

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Rick Sinsabaugh

June 12, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Theresa and Travis. I had the pleasure of not only working with Bill but rodeoing with him as well. I was his Farrier and spent many years visiting with Bill when I was shoeing their horses. He always took time to stop by and visit with me. I will miss those visits when he would often talk about his son who he was so proud of. Vaya con Dios amigo. In HIS Grip!

Dante Proto

June 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to Bill's family and many friends. I worked and played (rodeo and other sports) with Bill for many years before he retired from the Sheriff's Office. He was like a big brother and I'm sad we lost touch. Bill was a good friend who would tell you how it was, whether you wanted to hear it or not. I always respected him for that. He once literally gave me the shirt off his back, along with lots of really good memories. " Vaya con Dios Amigo"

Skeeter Waite Thario

June 9, 2021

I knew Bill from the time I started the Sheriff's Office in 1983. He was quite the comedian but he also had such a good heart. When he was a friend, he was a loyal friend forever. I have many good memories of my time knowing him. He was my friend and he will be missed.

Michael St Louis

June 9, 2021

I am sad of Bills passing, but know he is in Gods arms of comfort. Bill always showed me respect, and played the BEST jokes on me that I will Forever remember!I used to be a Posseman on his squad for 40 hours each week for over a year, because he trusted me and treated me as if I were a Deputy. He taught me to be my best, and got into my face if I fell short of his expectation. He taught me valuable principles in life, that I ve still to this day use in my career. I used to be jealous of how perfect he wore his uniform, medals and his shiny boots. He used to say & tease me " St.Louis you aint a real cowboy like I am", and besides you drive a Rice Burner, not a Ford Truck ( his license plate: RODEO1. BILL made everlasting Positive Mark's in my life that I'll forever remember and still use in my profession. I thank God for making our paths cross in my life. Bill, you were, are and forever will be a Real Man & Cowboy that I looked up to. Love you Sarge, til we meet again, Love St.Louis.

Al Weiss

June 9, 2021

Loved Bill’s zest for life and his humor. Many a day, while working with him, his humor carried the day for us at District 1. One of the funniest people I knew. Still regret trying to correct his use of the word “myriad”. Years later I discovered he was right and I was wrong. Bill is a person, who once you met him, had a lasting impression on you.

Darrel Newton

June 6, 2021

Bill was an inspiration, mentor, colleague and most of all, a friend. The world is blessed to have experienced his time on earth and even heaven is now much brighter. God bless Bill Rodgers, I can safely say that he was one of a kind and I was privileged to have known him.

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