Wetzel L. “Nuke” Rodgers, 83, of Clare, passed away January 11, 2012, surrounded by his family. Nuke was born in Temple, Michigan, on April 22, 1928 to Milford and Lulu (Earl) Rodgers.
Upon his graduation from Harrison High School in 1947, Nuke went to work with the railroad until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. As a member of the famed 45th Division, Nuke saw combat in the 120th Medical Clearing Company in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952, having achieved the rank of corporal.
Returning to the mid-Michigan area, Nuke went to work in the oil fields and married the former Goldie Ann Gunderman on June 6, 1953. Shortly after, he began a career with the U.S. Postal Service, which lasted 30 years, mostly as the letter carrier for the west side of the city of Clare.
Nuke is survived by his wife, Goldie; a brother, Clifford (Leona); his four children, Rich (Mimi), Mike (Becky), Becky (Butch) Murphy, and Al (Ruth). Also surviving and missing him are ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Nuke was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lawson.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Stephenson-Wyman of Clare, with Pastor Jeff Gunderman, Nuke’s nephew, presiding over the service. Visitation hours are Friday, January 13, 2-5pm and 7-9pm. Funeral services are on Saturday, January 14, 11am.
In lieu of flowers, those interested might consider contributing to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Clare Sports Boosters. If you are unable to attend, you are invited to sign the Rodger’s family’s online concolence register at www.stephenson-wyman.com