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Geral D. Rodgers

 

November 11, 2021

Geral D. Rodgers

Geral was born at home in Utica, Montana to Russell and Cora Rodgers. He lived in Shelton since 1942. He passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham in his sleep. In 1944, he married June Chesley, raised two sons, Jerry and Jim and lived on Island Lake for 62 years.

During WWII, he joined the army landing in France then walked with his unit to Germany to liberate the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf. His brothers and he owned Rodgers' Brothers' Garage for 20 years, then worked at Rayonier and retired from PUD in 1977. Geral was active in the local VFW and spent time in his garage building things and repairing cars. He enjoyed daily walks/talks around Island Lake and became known as the "Mayor of Island Lake".

He is predeceased by his wife, June, son, Jim, grandson, Jason, and six siblings of Shelton: Vetrus, Luther, Hattie, Mae, Whitley, and Russell. Geral is survived by his sister, Freda Schnitzer of Shelton, son Jerry (Sandy) of Marysville, daughter-in-law, Lynn of California, four grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held, Saturday, November 20th at 11:00 at First Baptist of Shelton. Please come with your stories of this multi-talented veteran and admired long-time Shelton resident.

 

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