Robert "Robbie" Rodgers
1946 - 2019
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ROBERT ”ROBBIE” RODGERS
July 9, 1946 ˜ November 1, 2019

Robbie Rodgers, born July 9, 1946, to Edgar and Mary Rodgers in Seattle, WA, passed away November 1, 2019 in Vancouver, WA. He graduated from Ft. Vancouver High School and attended Clark College prior to getting drafted. Robbie was honorably discharged due to the failing health of his mother. He spent part of his childhood on Whidbey Island before moving to Vancouver, WA to live with Jerry and Beverly Mackey after his father passed away.
Robbie spent most of his working years in the outdoor amusement business as general manager of the Seattle Center Fun Forrest. He was president of the Pacific Northwest Showman’s Club in 1980. When the family moved to Vancouver in 1994, he worked for the Eastman family at Oaks Park.
Robbie enjoyed times traveling in the Caribbean on windjammer ships and fulfilled a wish of swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands. He traveled to Mexico with family and friends many times. He had many trips to Nashville to visit his daughter and a side trip to the Jack Daniels Distillery was always a highlight.
For a man who never had pets as a child, Robbie ended up parenting two Chow dogs and six cats and the odd hamster or fish over his lifetime.
He was proud of his daughters, Melissa and Amanda, because of the loving adults they grew up to be. Robbie was crazy proud of his grandchildren, Abigail and Henry, whom he loved and the Williamson family (in-laws) he grew to love.
Robbie is survived by his loving wife, Patti, of 47 years; daughters, Melissa (Russell Crichton) Rodgers and Amanda (Steve) Williamson; grandchildren, Abigail and Henry Williamson; adored sister, Beverly Mackey; brothers, Jerry (Margie) Mackey and Fulton (Shelly) Mackey; the Boltz/Meyers family, Bailey family, Buchan family and the Monahan family; and so many nieces and nephews.
Robbie would like to acknowledge all the people he met over his 73 years who still remember him, there are far too many to name. All the people who helped him the last few months of his life, the doctors, nurses, PA’s, at OHSU, Peace Health Medical Center, and the Ray Hickey hospice center.
The family would like to acknowledge his philosophy of Friday surprises, walk around money and the necessary use of flashlights.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and Jerry Mackey Sr. and Danny Mackey.
A Celebration of Life will be held November 16th at 4311 N.E. 62nd Ave., Vancouver, WA, 98661 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a private burial service at later date at the Whidbey Island Cemetery in Langley.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 10, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
NOV
16
Celebration of Life
11:00 - 04:00 PM
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November 18, 2019
Sending our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such a big part of our family! The Hunt Family. XO We all have fond memories!
November 16, 2019
Words are hard, but I can say I will miss Mr. Rodgers immensely. Melissa and her parents have always been family to me. I love you Patti, Amanda, and Melissa.
Julie Reinhardt
Friend
November 12, 2019
My heart goes out to your family. I know u are heartbroken and I will continue to pray for healing. Love you Melissa.
Love, Desi
Desiree Bowman
Friend
November 12, 2019
Robbie was certainly one of a kind, and with such a big heart! Patti, Melissa and Amanda, I'm sure this is one of the hardest times you've ever been through, but you took wonderful care of him right to the end. I can hear his voice at the other end of the line when he'd call Jerry, hi Margie! May he Rest In Peace. Love you all!
Margie Mackey
November 12, 2019
Dearest Melissa, Patti and Amanda, sending all of our love and prayers and please know that Tim and I are with you in spirit and will continue the "Friday Surprises and Walking around money legacies"
Debra Smith
November 11, 2019
Melissa,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are heartbroken and I pray for your comfort and the healing and comfort for your family. I love you.
Truly,
Leanne Wheat
Leanne Wheat
Friend
November 11, 2019
Aunty Patti, girls, Bev and everyone, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, unc you will be missed and you were so loved . RIP uncle Robbie your in a better place.
Wendy Vandre (Buchan)
Family
November 11, 2019
Robbie Rodgers.The ESTEEMED,CONFIDENT,LEADER,COMMUNICATOR,MENTOR,AND DEAR FRIEND!! ROBBIE.IMPARTED A MORAL COMPASS WITHIN ME DURING MY FORMIDABLE YEARS("78-86)SEATTLE CENTER FUN FORREST. HE ALWAYS REASSURED ME NO MATTER WHAT HE HAD MY BACK A LONG WITH JOE BIXLER...I KNOW HE WILL ALWAYS BE LOOKING DOWN ROLLIN THOSE QUARTERS IN HIS HAND ASSURING ME I WILL BE OK.I MISS AND LOVE YOU MY FRIEND/ MENTOR...R.I.P. ROBBIE RODGERS I,LL NEVER FORGET THE IMPACT U HAD ON MY LIFE.
Mark Modica
November 11, 2019
Dear Patti, Melissa and Amanda,
I am so very sorry to hear of Robbies passing. He was such a kind and giving husband, dad and friend. Anytime I needed something for the Kids at Sacred Heart, well, I just asked Robbie! He always came through. I considered him a friend to the end and the world is a better place because of Robbie.
May he Rest In Peace and ride that roller coaster in the sky each and every day. Until we meet again Robbie, God bless and thank you for your friendship.
Peace,
Chuck Mr B Bocian
November 11, 2019
Chuck Bocian
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