On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Ralph Edward Rodgers, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at age 74, surrounded by family.
Ralph was born September 6, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA to Margaret and Hugh MacLaren Rodgers. He was a graduate of Council Rock High School and earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Palmer College. On November 21, 1969, he married the love of his life, Rita Wessinger Rodgers, of Lexington, SC.
Ralph was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the 218th Army Military Intelligence Division stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. After exiting the military, he had a varied career that included working as a tool and die maker, SLED officer, and retired Senior Electrical Designer with Allied Chemical. Because of his love of horses, he worked as a farrier for several years after retirement.
Ralph served in the SC Army National Guard, Cub Scout Leader and Pack Master for Pack 306, member of the Masonic Lodge, served as Worthy Patron while his wife served as Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and was a proud member of the Lexington County Veterans Group.
Ralph enjoyed his animals, his beloved horse Dancer, his miniature horses and donkeys, camping, traveling, woodworking and especially his four grandchildren who were his heart.
Mr. Rodgers is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rita; children, Kimberly (Tobin) Williamson and Will (Mary) Rodgers; grandchildren, Hailey and Shawn Williamson, Laney and Emily Rodgers; sister-n-law, Rachel Rodgers; brother-in-law, Rhett (Patsy) Wessinger; step-sister, Marianne (Mark) Seastrand; step-brother, Karl (Beth) Kimball; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Margaret and Hugh M. Rodgers; brother, Ronald “Ronnie” Rodgers; and father-in-law, Phillip Wessinger.
The Lexington County Veterans group will serve as honorary pall-bearers.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:00pm at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church with interment at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and family at Barr Price Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, from 6:00pm–8:00pm on Friday, June 4, 2021. Memorial may be made to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 119 N. Church Street Lexington, SC 29072.
Thank you for the loving care given by Shaquette Williams, Lee Thompson, Joey and the Amedisys Hospice staff.
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