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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
John Thomas Rodgers
June 13, 1943 - October 5, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Friday, October 13, 2023, 10:00 to 10:50 AM at Chelten a Church of Hope, Dresher
Funeral Service - Friday, October 13, 2023, 11:00 AM at Chelten a Church of Hope, Dresher
Graveside Service - Friday, October 13, 2023, 12:30 PM at Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Chelten a Church of Hope - 1601 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025 - 215-646-5557 - Map
Cemetery - Hillside Cemetery - 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001 - 215-884-0696 - Map
Family Florist - Ambler Florist - 107 East Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002 - 215-646-6500 - Map
Donation - Chelten a Church of Hope - 1601 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025 - 215-646-5557 - Map
Donation - Chariots for Hope - 1601 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025 - 267-815-1067 - Map

John Thomas Rodgers, of Fort Washington, PA went to be with the Lord on October 5th, 2023. He was 80 years old. He was born in June of 1943 in Philadelphia, PA to (Sarah) Eleanor Rodgers and J. Rodgers. Beloved husband of Patricia Elizabeth (nee Shay) Rodgers; he was the loving father of Shannon Sokup and her husband Jeff Sokup; Thomas Rodgers and his wife Jean Rodgers, Carrie Rodgers, and Steven Rodgers and his wife Kristin Rodgers; grandfather of Aidan and Rowan Sokup, Megan and Justin Rodgers, and Marin and Madeline Rodgers; brother of Eleanor Gonzales and her husband Thomas Gonzales; and caring relative to many other family members and friends.

He was raised in Philadelphia, PA and attended North Catholic High School, graduating in 1961. He both attended LaSalle College and St Joseph’s University.

John’s last job was at Interstate Fleets, Inc. located in Montgomery, PA until 2016. He worked as an automotive leasing agent throughout his entire career. He liked helping people find the right vehicle. He also worked at different companies providing leasing services to include McCullough Leasing, Jefferson Bank, and Oakdale Automotive.

Over the years he lived in surrounding towns around Philadelphia including Jenkintown and Fort Washington. During his lifetime he briefly worked at the Philadelphia Naval yard as an apprentice. He was an avid baseball fan and was a pitcher for various competitive baseball teams around the Philadelphia area.

He was very active with his church community at Chelten Baptist Church where he enjoyed growing in faith and knowledge of the Lord. He both played and coached softball teams and wrote and performed in multiple skits and humorous performances for the church.

He loved spending time with his family, going down to the shore (but avoided all sand) in Wildwood, Ocean City and Sea Isle. He also enjoyed coaching and watching all of his children’s, nephews’, and nieces’ sports games and activities. He was an ardent fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers, and Phillies. He enjoyed playing cards and board games, doing Philadelphia Inquirer daily crosswords, writing some short stories and poems, and making people smile with his witty one-liners

Family and friends will miss this tall, gentle giant with a fantastic sense of humor and warm hugs.

Relatives and friends were invited to a visitation on Friday, October 13, 2023 from 10:00 to 10:50 A.M. and funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at Chelten a Church of Hope, 1601 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025. His graveside service followed at Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001.

Religious services were conducted by Rev. Jon Shepherd, Rev. Neil Kulp, and Rev. Stanley Hagberg from Chelten a Church of Hope.

.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Chelten Church of Hope, 1601 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025 or Chariots for Hope, 1601 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025

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