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Charles B. "Bud" Rodgers

May 15, 1934 ~ June 26, 2020 (age 86)


Charles B. “Bud” Rodgers Sr., 86, of Palmerton, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 15, 1934 in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Eva (Green) Rodgers. He and his wife of 65 years, Marion D. (Henning) Rodgers, were married on July 24, 1954 in Long Run, PA.

Bud served his country honorably and faithfully in the United States Army Reserve and the Pennsylvania National Guard during the Korean War.

Bud worked for 26 years as an assistand operator for New Jersey Zinc, Palmerton, retiring in 1996. He also spend 11 years as a driver for Palmerton Ambulance and had previously worked for Blue Ridge Die Cast, Bethlehem Steel and owned his own painting business.

Bud was a past member of the Church of the Brethren and an avid coon hunter. He had memberships with the Palmerton Rod & Gun Club, the Slatington Skeet Club, the Indian Mountain Rod & Gun Club, the Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club and the Kunkletown Beagle Club.

Surviving in addition to the love of his life, Marion, are his three children, Beverly (Rodgers) Smale, Palmerton, Bonnie (Rodgers) Payonk, wife of Timmy Payonk, Palmerton and Donna (Rodgers) Bollinger, wife of Mark Bollinger, Kunkletown. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, his sisters, Carol (Rodgers) Daniels, Palmerton, Ruthann (Rodgers) Benner, Allentown, Sandra (Rodgers) Kokinda, Lehighton, Ellen (Rodgers) Walk, Lancaster County, Greta (Rodgers) Weaver, Kunkletown, Paula Rodgers, Lancaster County, and by his brother Karl Rodgers, Lehighton.

Along with his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his son, Charles B. Rodgers, Jr., his daughter, Ginger Rodgers and his brothers, Kenneth Rodgers and Joseph Rodgers.

Private Services will be held for Bud with burial to follow in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bowmanstown.

Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Fleetwood, is honored to be caring for Bud and his family. Online condolences may be offered at

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