James ‘Jim’ C. Rodgers


(Feb. 23, 2009)

James ‘Jim’ C. Rodgers, 90, died Monday, Feb. 23 at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody. He was born Oct. 14, 1918 in Bassett, Neb., the son of James F. and Ella (Kops) Rodgers.

Jim was raised in Bassett and received his schooling there. He and his family came to Wyoming in the early 1930s, first to the Riverton area, where he worked on a ranch and later to the Casper area. He entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 12, 1942 and served in the European Theatre during World War II. Following his discharge in 1945, Jim worked in South Dakota until moving to Cody, where he was employed by Taggart Construction. He met Myrna J. Kaiser, who he married on May 31, 1951 in Riverton. Jim continued working for Taggart’s until the company closed. He went to work for Graham and Hill Construction and finally was employed by the city of Cody until his retirement.

Jim enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and the outdoors. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge and the VFW. Jim served as a faithful and longtime member of the VFW Honor Guard, which held a special place in his heart.

His survivors include his wife of more than 57 years, Myrna; his children and their spouses, David Rodgers of Cody, Larry and Joni Rodgers of Mesquite, Nev., Carol and Karl Butler of Cody, and Brian and Anna Rodgers of Powell; a brother, Calvin Rodgers of Shoshoni; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet; his parents; and eight brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at Ballard Funeral Home with Jerry Lanchbury officiating. Internment will follow at Riverside Cemetery with the VFW Honor Guard presenting military honors at the graveside.

Memorial donations can be sent to the VFW Honor Guard, c/o Veterans of Foreign Wars, 808 12th St., Cody, WY 82414.