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Donald R. Rodger

Donald R. Rodger, 85, of Newmarch Street, Ipswich, died unexpectedly in his home on July 18, 2018.

Born in Ipswich September 27, 1932, he was one of the five children of the late Charles E. and Eva M. (Kellick) Rodger. Donald was a lifelong Ipswich resident, a 1950 graduate of Ipswich High School. Entering the Army in January 1953, he served as a machine gunner infantryman for two years in Korea. Following his Honorable Discharge he returned to Ipswich where he made his home on Newmarch Street. For many years he was employed as a machine operator at Western Electric/AT&T/ Lucent Technologies in North Andover from which he retired.

Donald was a regular participant in local veteran projects, whether it be marching in the parades or placing flags in the cemeteries. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Ipswich and Ipswich V.F.W. Post #1093.

He is survived by a sister, Helene Souter and two nephews, Michael S. Souter and James W. Souter, III all of Ipswich. He was the brother of the late Charles E. Rodger, Howard M. Rodger and infant Charlotte Rodger, all formerly of Ipswich.

A private funeral service with Military Honors will be held in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the United Methodist Church of Ipswich, 31 North Main St., Ipswich, MA 01938, to help fund the repairs for their recent ceiling collapse.

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