Barbara A. "Barb" Rodgers, 81, formerly of Sheridan, passed peacefully on July 6, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Her last days were filled by sharing stories and laughter while reflecting on the years.
Born Aug. 12, 1938 in Lewisburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Bud and Ellie Ditmer.
She was a 1956 graduate of Holland H.S. in Holland, Michigan. Shortly after graduation she returned to Lewisburg to marry her longtime love David L. Rodgers.
An only child, Mrs. Rodgers dreamt of one day having a big family. Not long after their marriage, while stationed in Newfoundland during 1957, their beautiful family was started. After various moves between Michigan and Ohio, they eventually settled in Sheridan, planting their roots and embedding themselves into the community some 50 years ago. As their children became involved in various sports, Mrs. Rodgers found herself serving on the Sheridan Park Board and as President of the Sheridan Recreation Board. Between her children and the grandchildren, life was full of basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and football fields.
During her professional career she and Mr. Rodgers founded and grew Rodgers Finishing Tools, Inc. She also worked in the satellite administrative offices for Ball State University in Westfield and also served as local chapter President of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation. She always had a knack for writing, whether it be a column for The Sheridan News or the annual Rodgers Family Newsletter she would send around Christmas time. She never earned a dime from stand-up comedy, but boy could she put on a show.
To know her was to feel loved by her. Friends and family were her life, and she never met a stranger. Chances are she had you smiling and laughing at some point during her life. She enjoyed her role as grandma for many years, from basketball and volleyball courts, to baseball, softball, and football fields, and yes, even as a cheerleading coach. She was well-known throughout Sheridan and all of Hamilton County for her constant heckling of sports officials. Her time with her grandchildren was spent teaching them the art of making homemade doughnuts, playing cribbage and gin rummy, and hosting the best sleepovers anyone could ever imagine. She will forever live in our hearts as one-of-a-kind.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, David L. Rodgers; her four children, Steven Rodgers, Melanie Rodgers, Chris (Sheryl) Rodgers and Douglas (Tina) Rodgers; her nine grandchildren, Malissa (Brad) Crawford, Michael (Gina) Rodgers, Kelly (Doug) Isley, Nick (Whitney) Rodgers, Grant Rodgers, Andrew (Emily) Rodgers, Alexander Rodgers, Taylor Rodgers and Meredith Rodgers; 12 great-grandchildren; and nephew, Jeff (Susan) Shafer.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private memorial service will be held at Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a public celebration of Barb's life is being planned for a later date. Please visit our website at KerchevalFuneralHome.com to leave condolences and share your best Barb story with the family.