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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Rodger J. Williams Jr.
February 26, 1971 - January 19, 2024

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Friday, January 26, 2024, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Viewing - Saturday, January 27, 2024, 10:00 to 10:50 AM at St. David Church, Willow Grove
Funeral Mass - Saturday, January 27, 2024, 11:00 AM at St. David Church, Willow Grove


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - St. David Church - 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-0252 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Rodger’s family:

Rodger James Williams, Jr. (52) of Chalfont, PA passed away suddenly on January 19, 2024. Born in Philadelphia, PA on February 26, 1971, he was the beloved son of Peter R. Goetzinger and the late Jo-Ann Dugan. Rodger was the loving husband of Katie Petig Williams with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. He was a devoted father to Emma Moyer, Susan Williams, and Caroline Williams. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his sisters Nicole O’Reilly (Brian) and Brooke Williams, Uncle John Dugan Jr. (Marilyn), Aunt Kathy Dugan (Tom), as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and an abundance of friends.

Raised in Willow Grove, Rodger attended St. David’s Parish School and later attended La Salle College High School. He was a graduate of The Lawrenceville School (’90) and La Salle University (’94).

Rodger worked as a claims adjuster in the insurance industry for the majority of his career and spent several years in safety at UPS. His most loved job however was coach.

Rodger was an avid hockey player and played for a number of teams including the Wintersport Royals, the Bristol Blazers, and the Little Flyers. When he was done playing, he spread his love of the game through coaching, where he led several teams to victory from La Salle College High School, the Valley Forge Minutemen, and North Penn High School.

In addition to coaching hockey, he guided his daughters through their own sporting experiences. Whether it was joining the pit crew to assist with marching band, sitting on the sidelines for soccer/softball, or cheering from the stands for field hockey, lacrosse, and track, he would always have words of wisdom and support.

Equal to his love of the ice was his love of music. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge of all things rock and spent much of his time reminiscing of the many shows he attended over the years while educating those around him about how much better the music used to be.

Rodger also loved the Jersey shore. He spent his childhood summers in Atlantic City on the beach and fishing off his grandfather’s boat. As an adult he enjoyed spending time with friends and family in Ocean City, Sea Isle, and Avalon frequenting the OD, the Windrift, and the Princeton.

Rodger’s love of life was infectious. He was always up for a good time. His kindness and generosity knew no bounds. He was the most loyal of friends and loved unconditionally. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Relatives and friends were also invited to his viewing on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 10:00 to 10:50 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. at St. David Church, 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

Family flowers arranged by Kremp Florist 215-657-6700.

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