Dean Charles Rodgers
Dean Charles Rodgers, 68, Wellman, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Wellman. A private family burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Wellman. A general memorial has been established. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.
He was born July 18, 1945, in Mt. Pleasant, and was the son of Vern and Helen (North) Rodgers. He graduated from WACO High School and Iowa State University with a degree in animal science. While at ISU he participated in the Rodeo Club, Block and Bridle and traveled with all the livestock and meat judging teams. He married Janis Rae Ruegsegger on June 14, 1969. He worked as a cattle buyer for Wilson Foods and bought his first farm near Alburnett and continued to raise Angus and Limousin Cattle. The closing of Wilson’s brought a move to a farm near North English, with employment at the Frytown Egg House and Lynn Yoder Construction. In 1986 they moved to the home farm area where he worked as an ag science teacher in Lone Tree and Highland Community Schools for 20 years. In the fall of 1998, they moved to an acreage near Wellman. He then worked for Casey’s General Store. He was a member of the American Limousin Association, American Angus Association, AQHA, Lake Darling Saddle Club and was a member of the Pony of the Americas Club. He enjoyed meeting new people, going to auctions and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Steven Duane (Colleen) Rodgers and Dena Diane (Cameron) Davis all of Wellman; nine grandchildren; a sister, Vernene (Gary) Lenz of Glyndon, Md.; four brothers, Blaine (Gayle) Rodgers of Denver, Colo., Wayne (Marylou) Rodgers of Mt. Pleasant, Richard (Mwansa) Rodgers of Tiffin and Allen Rodgers of Winfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents.