Of Chelsea, Michigan, age 77, died Saturday, December 25, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Chelsea. He was born February 6, 1944 in Allegan, Michigan, the son of Harold J. & Florence Erma (Friend) Sager.
Rodger was a 1962 graduate of Grand Haven High School. He then went on to Muskegon Community College, the University of Michigan, and finally Eastern Michigan University, where he received his Masters degree. Rodger taught in the Ypsilanti School District, and in the autistic program in Garden City Schools, retiring in 2004. He was a hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed going to their condo in Oscoda, MI. Rodger came to know the Lord in 1983, and his faith was very important to him. He sang in the choir and taught Sunday School in several different churches. Rodger enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids.
On June 20, 1970, Rodger married Eugenia “Geanie” Federici, and she survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Angela (Bobby) Pratt of Spring Arbor, Elizabeth Searl of Chelsea; three grandsons, Micah Pratt, Dominic Searl, Jesse Pratt; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Fern Gray.
Private services are being planned. Burial will take place at Oak Grove East Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Blast Ministries, 8070 Beechwood Blvd, Dexter MI 48130, or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.
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