Born on June 18, 1948 in Washington, DC
Departed on August 21, 2020 in Palm Bay, Florida
Jack Rodgers, 72, of Palm Bay, Florida passed on August 21, 2020 at home. He was born June 18, 1948 in Washington, DC to Auburn Slocum and Norma Louise Sanders Rodgers. Raised in Pompano Beach, Florida, he graduated from Pompano Beach High School in 1967.
He was proud to serve in the US Army for 3 years and was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the 119th Helicopter Assault Company. Jack enjoyed rock-n-rolling in the garage with the guys, playing the guitar and drums, fishing and his passion was restoring old Chevy pickups.
Jack is survived by his wife Jane Mackey; sister Claudia McCulloch (David) of Franklin, Tennessee and his nephew Daniel McCulloch.
Please consider donations in his memory to Hospice of Health First, 1900 Dairy Road, West Melbourne, Florida 32904.
His final resting place will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, Florida.
from Dover wrote on November 4, 2020:
It's no coincidence I found myself behind a big silver truck today with a giant sticker on the window displaying 101st airborne screaming eagles sticker being driven by no doubt, one of your battle brothers. I always wanted to see your eyes not just in photos, before one of left this earth. I take comfort in knowing we did just that the day I was born. Your laugh echos in the chambers of my heart. Thank you for the greatest gift anyone could have ever given me. The gift of life. I'll make you proud. Xo Marissa Aubrey, your baby girl
Karen Coates Hufham
wrote on September 1, 2020:
I didn’t remember Jack but he was my brother’s friend many years ago. So sorry for your loss Claudia. My prayers are for peace, soft smiles, and warm memories for you and your family.
from Palm City wrote on August 26, 2020:
Jack is a real American Hero! I was sorry to hear about his passing. We went to school together , proud class of 1967, PBSH. Jack was well like by everyone. We sat together in home room and shared classes together. RIP, Jack. Thanks for your service to our country.
from Lake Lure wrote on August 26, 2020:
Jackie and I go all the way back to high school together. We join United States Army together along with another friend John coats. After basic training all three of us took off two are different military training before heading off to Vietnam. After returning from overseas we all took off on a different paths through life. I never met Jackie’s wife or family but I do send you all condolences for your loss. Rest in peace brother, Stanley Michelsen
Chris Michelsen Corry
from Lynn. Haven , Fl wrote on August 26, 2020:
Jackie was a friend of my brothers, Stan & Rick.
He was in and out of our house often, & we all enjoyed our interaction at the Rodgers’ home as well, because Claudia was my dear friend also. I have so many warm, fuzzy memories of our visits in both homes, along with some funny shenanigans.
I remember well when he & Stan entered the army on the buddy system during the Vietnam Nam conflict. Unfortunately, they were separated shortly afterward. Sadly, with graduation, & leaving the area for college, I didn’t see Jackie again.
He was always kind, & a really dear person.
My deepest condolences to Claudia, David, Dan, & Jane.
May God hold you close, & comfort you all.
from Palm Bay wrote on August 26, 2020:
Sorry for your lost Jane. Thinking about you and wishing you all of God's Love and Peace in this difficult time.
Claudia Rodgers McCulloch
from Franklin, TN wrote on August 25, 2020:
My sweet, wonderful brother, Jackie. We don't have you anymore, but we have our memories. Growing up in Pompano and spending the weekends at the beach in Pompano and Ft. Lauderdale. Mom made the best food and Dad (cap intended) played with us in the ocean for hours. It was their secret weapon to exhaust us all.
You walked me to school for many years. We did homework together. We were friends. We'll always be brother and sister.
I made you cookies and we packed new socks and underwear in those many boxes sent to Vietnam. I still have your letters, including the ones that were returned when you couldn't be found. The dark days were followed by light, as life goes. You came back to us, but next time, we'll have to come to you. We'll all be along shortly, as Heaven time goes.
Now, you're not there to answer the phone. I'll miss your voice. It was Dad's voice and your sense of humor was his, too. We lost him again when you left.
I know you're with Mom and Dad. Then, there are the critters. Molly, Murphy, Jenny Poo-Poo Bear and Stevie Kitty. Oh, how they'll love to be with you again.
I'll stay close to the sister you gave me in your wonderful wife, Jane. You were blessed beyond all compare when you found Janie Bear.
Our hearts are just broken. The human tongue has no capacity to describe the love or the pain. Godspeed my sweet brother. Until then...
I'll just close my eyes, pick up the phone and imagine you there.
Claudia (aka "Baby Sista'", "Claudie Bear", "Claudie Honey")
from Bend wrote on August 25, 2020:
Jane, our hearts are with you during this difficult time.
Mandy, Derek, Kate, and Allison
Ed (meatball) Silvestri , friend.
from Palm Bay wrote on August 25, 2020:
Jack & I go back a long way. From Hot Rods , motorcycles & Deli Food Truck day's. We rocked in the garage as well as built a few trucks & cars. RIP old friend. I'll see you later I'm sure. Rock on !
from Indialantic wrote on August 25, 2020:
from Melbourne wrote on August 25, 2020:
Thinking of you, Jane, and praying for God's peace and comfort to mend your broken heart. I sure am sorry to hear of Jack's passing.
from Melbourne wrote on August 25, 2020:
So sorry Jane for your loss-RIP Jack , going to miss u terribly !!! When I think , I can’t see your smiling face or laugh or hear your voice,voicemail ,or texts anymore, brings tears to my eyes .Condolences & prayers to the family.
Viki E Holmquist
from Tyler wrote on August 25, 2020:
God Speed Jackie, you will be missed by all of us. Your funny sense of humor will last beyond my time and we are relieved you are not in pain anymore. Rest your soul in peace. My love and condolences to Jane, Claudia, David and Daniel. Norma and Rog, take him home...