James "Buddy" Bradley Rodgers, 79, died July 27, 2012 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Full Military Honors will be performed at his graveside service Thursday, August 2,2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow the graveside services at the Eagle Glen Golf Course, 4414 1st St Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK 99506 (907)552-3821. Everyone planning on attending the graveside services should plan onarriving at the Arctic Valley main gate of Ft. Richardson and line up in procession behind the hearse by 1:15 p.m.
Mr. Rodgers was born July 23, 1933 in Frankfurt, Kentucky. He graduated from Frankfurt High School in 1952. He was a retired veteran of the US Air Force, earning many accommodations during his service. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
Mr. Rodgers met the love of his life, Donna Jean Rodgers (Jordan) while both were stationed in Germany, working in the 7493rd Special Investigations Wing. They were married in Wiesbaden, Germany on October 2, 1962. They would have celebrated fifty years of marriage on October 2, 2012.
After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Rodgers and his family moved to Anchorage in June 1978. He later worked in procurement and contracting at Elmendorf AFB, before retiring in 1990 with acombined Civil Service and Military Active Duty totaling over 37 years.
Mr. Rodgers was an avid golfer for over 30 years at Eagle Glen Golf Course. He loved the annual family trips to PalmSprings, CA where he enjoyed playing golf with his sons and hanging out in the pool with his grandkids. He was a great husband and father, and an amazing grandpa.
He is survived by his loving wife Donna Jean Rodgers; sons, James Rodgers and Charles Rodgers; daughter, Kim Traxinger; four granddaughters, Katherine Rodgers, Brianna Traxinger of Anchorage, Alexis Traxinger, and Nicole Rodgers; twograndsons, Chris Rodgers and Nick Rodgers and numerous friends.
Arrangements are with the Alaska Cook Inlet Funeral Services.