James Richard Rodgers

James (Jim) Richard Rodgers passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on October 4, 2022 in San Diego CA. Jim was born on February 22, 1930 to Bertram and Marie Rodgers in Lakewood, New Jersey. He graduated from Coronado High School in 1948. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in his father’s footsteps. Jim graduated from the USNA in 1953. Jim served on cruisers, aircraft carriers and then aboard diesel/snorkel fast attack submarines for 14 of his 20 year Navy career. His duties were mostly based out of San Diego, CA. There was one tour of overseas duty in Vietnam. Upon retiring from Naval service in 1973, Jim was employed as an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering consultant. In 1978, he obtained a California Real Estate License, along with an MBA from National University in San Diego, CA. Soon after that, Rodgers Real Estate was established.

In 1958, Jim married the love of his life, Jeannette. They were married at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, CA. Jim and Jeannette were blessed with four children and 61 years of a beautiful life together. Jim lost Jeannette three years ago in October of 2019.

Jim was a people person. He loved serving his community of Coronado. He was involved in the Optimist Club of Coronado for many years and served as the President from 1988-89. He was a devoted volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Coronado Hospital Auxiliary. Jim discovered he had a passion for Barbershop Quartet singing and he participated in the San Diego Sun Harbor Men’s Chorus for many years. He became a San Diego Old Town Trolley driver and tour guide which brought much happiness.

Jim is survived by his children Jim (Martha) Rodgers of San Diego, CA., Suzanne (Rob) Burke of Redlands, CA., Peter (Nancy) Rodgers of San Luis Obispo, CA., Laurie Stukel of Jensen Beach, FL.; six grandchildren Amanda (Josh), John, Jake, Benny, Ryan, Ethan and one great grandchild Murphy.

There will be a Mass celebrating Jim’s life on Saturday December 10, 2022 at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado. A reception will follow. Jim and his beloved wife Jeannette will be laid to rest at a later date at Miramar National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Jim’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association. (www.alz.org).

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