Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1955 RJC

Jimmie Rodgers JIMMIE DELL RODGERS, 84, left this world unexpectedly and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Nov. 4, 2021. He was born to Reace Rodgers & Bonnie Mathis in Gorman, TX, on Dec. 23, 1936 and was the eldest of three children. Jimmie was a graduate of Ranger High School in the Class of 1955 at Ranger, TX and briefly attended Ranger Junior College prior to entry into the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served his country for four years. Following his honorable discharge in Feb. of 1962, Jimmie returned home to Ranger, where he began courting the love of his life, Willene Lee. Jimmie & Willene were married in Nov. of that same year. Jimmie and Willene soon found their way to Deer Park, TX, where he began working for Tenneco & eventually Lyondell. Their union produced two sons, Rusty in 1966 and Stephen in 1969. Jimmie eventually retired from Lyondell in 1997 and transitioned from "dreaded safety man" to doting grandfather. He could always be found on the sidelines or in the audience cheering the kids on. Jimmie never met a stranger and was an avid storyteller. He always had a story of growing up in West Texas with his best friend, Ting or of that "one guy at work." We will miss hearing those stories greatly. Jimmie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Willene Rodgers, son Rusty and wife Shawna, son Stephen & wife Jennifer. Sisters Barbara Rodgers Milam (RHS-1957) and Sue Rodgers Stuard (RHS-1960) and her husband, R.L. Jimmie leaves behind grandchildren Nick Rodgers and wife Paige, Cassidy Stone and husband Jordan, Dakota Rodgers and Dylan Rodgers, as well as two great-grandchildren, Christian and Reese.