CAPE GIRARDEAU - John Wiley Rodgers, 81, died Feb. 4, 2006, at his home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Sept. 28, 1924, in New Madrid County, son of the late Thurman Leroy and Sue Beatrice Haynes Rodgers, he served his country with honor in the United States Army during World War II from March 1943 to November 1945. He worked for Southeast Missouri Telephone Company, Southwestern Bell and AT&T, retiring in 1984 from AT&T in Houston, Texas. Upon retiring, he had more time for his love of the outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church and the Elks Lodge 639, both in Cape Girardeau. In June 2005, he received his 50-year membership pin from the Masonic Lodge 429 in New Madrid.
On Aug. 22, 1946, in New Madrid, he married Geraldine Masterson, who survives.
Other survivors include: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Jean and Richard Harmon of Cincinnati and Jo Ann Hearnes and Linda and Ray Underdown of Cape Girardeau; one son and daughter-in-law, James Dale and Marie Jones of Salt Lake City; two brothers, Robert Rodgers of Chaffee and Phillip Rodgers of Nevada; one sister, Elsie Reva Walters of Poplar Bluff; two grandsons, John Robert Hearnes and wife, Jamie, of LaVergne, Tenn., and David E. Hearnes of Phoenix; two granddaughters, Angela Mireles Moore and husband, Kevin, of O'Fallon, Ill., and Geri Harmon of Cincinnati; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Wiley Hearnes and Caroline Elizabeth Moore.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, John Wiley Rodgers Jr.; two brothers, Charles Rodgers and Kenneth Rodgers; and two sisters, Lena Ellen Klein and Mary Etta Watkins.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Chapel with Masonic services at 7 p.m. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until time for services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Pentecostal Church in New Madrid with the Rev. Darrell Faire officiating.
Burial with full military honors by the Missouri Honor Team will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery at New Madrid.