KALKASKA — Mr. and Mrs. Will Rodgers of Kalkaska were guests of honor at a surprise open house for family and friends to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. The open house was hosted on Aug. 10, 2013, by their children at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Vicki Jo Scott. A private family dinner party was also hosted by their children that evening at Boone’s Long Lake Inn. Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers were gifted with an Alaska vacation from their children and grandchildren.
Will Rodgers and the former Patricia “Patty” Jackson were married on Aug. 10, 1963, at the Kalkaska Church of Christ. Paul Stacy, minister of the Church of Christ, performed the ceremony.
During the early years of their marriage, the couple enjoyed travel throughout much of the United States with Mr. Rodger’s work. He was in the natural gas and pipeline business for more than 50 years and retired from R. L. Morris and Sons Construction. Mrs. Rodgers had been employed in the banking industry for many years both before and after their marriage. After returning to Michigan to their permanent home in Kalkaska, Mrs. Rodgers began a career in county government. She retired from Kalkaska County after 33 years, having been elected Kalkaska County Clerk for more than 30 years. The couple have been enjoying traveling since their retirement, always returning to their home in Kalkaska between trips.
The couple have four daughters, Donna Belle (William) LaGrandeur of Troy, Mich., Vicki Jo (Robert) Scott of Kalkaska, Jonie Leigh (Walter) Ernst of Lumberton, Texas, and Janna Kay (Stephen) Boucher of Louisville, Ky. They also have 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.