Forrest E. Rodgers

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Forrest E. Rodgers
1926 - 2018
Forrest Earnest Rodgers slept away into the arms of his loving eternal Father on February 3, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was born April 28, 1926 in Tacoma, Washington to Carl E. Rodgers and Rosie (Dahm) Rodgers.
He served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946. Upon returning to Marysville, CA he became a plumber under the tutoring of his father. He worked as a union plumber in California and Washington for 40 years. He belonged to Local 228 (Marysville, CA), Local 607 (Chico, CA), Seattle Local 32 (Port Angeles, WA) and Local 26 (Bremerton, WA). He was known and respected for his careful workmanship and dedication to his profession.
He retired in 1988 and followed his dream of becoming a full time RVer. In 1994 his travels took him to Colorado where he met a square dance partner, Claudia Deats. They married in 1996 and lived in Colorado Springs until 2003 when they retired to Salida.. They returned to the Springs in September 2015.
Forrest's interests included hunting, fishing, gardening, walks, square dancing, skiing, camping and travelling with his RV. He loved to visit with friends, and looked forward to his McDonald coffee buddies in Salida and Colorado Springs. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, creativity, positive regard for everyone - being a friend to all. He was a great fixer-upper, willing to share his plumbing knowledge and skills. He loved watching western movies, especially those starring John Wayne
Forrest had been a member of the Salida Monarch Mavericks Square Dancers, and Colorado Springs Rocky Toppers FCRV. He was a member of Faith and Light Communities in Salida and Colorado Springs. For nine years he was a faithful maintenance and plumbing volunteer for Greccio Housing in Colorado Springs. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
He is survived by his wife, Claudia, his family in Chico, California : daughter Renee (Bob) Slaughter, son Forrest E. Rodgers Jr., granddaughter Misty Brown, grandsons Forrest E. Rodgers III, and Thomas Rodgers, and great granddaughter Desiree Brown. Other survivors: brother Lou (Bridgette) Rodgers - Bullhead City, AZ; sister Marjorie Reeves (Chino Hills, CA); adoptive daughter Suleeta Fulton and family (Colorado Springs.)
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles.
A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday February 7th, at Memorial Gardens Chapel, 3852 Airport Rd. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday February 8th, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2650 Parish View, at Mount St. Francis in Colorado Springs Inurnment will be at Mount St. Francis Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Greccio Housing, 1015 E. Pikes Peak, Ste 110, 80903, or Forrest believed in people being prepared to earn their living through education and training. Supporting Greccio's scholarship fund would be a fitting tribute.
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Published in The Gazette on Feb. 6, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
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3825 Airport Road | Colorado Springs, CO 80910 | (719) 596-7990
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