August 26, 1928 to February 3, 2017 At the age of 88, Glenard Walter "Pete" Rodgers passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Growing up on an Oklahoma farm, Pete moved to Livermore, CA in 1946 with his family. Graduating high school at the age of 16, Pete traveled the West Coast as a heavy construction equipment mechanic until the age of 20. Fulfilling his lifelong dream to be an engineer, he entered Chico State College in 1948. He graduated with honors in Civil Engineering in 3-1/2 years. While at CSU Chico, Pete met the love of his life, Barbara. Pete married Barbara on December 28, 1952. Pete and Barbara had been happily married for 64 years. Following graduation from Chico, Pete's career was interrupted by the Korean War. He proudly served his Country as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Pete received a Masters Degree in Transportation and Traffic Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1956. He and his family then moved to St. Louis, MO to work for an international company as a Transportation Design Engineer. Along the way, 3 children were born, Kathleen, Mark and Linda. In 1959 Pete and his family moved back to California where he accepted a job as the Director of Highways and Bridges for the County of Sacramento. He worked for the County for over 20-years and helped to shape the transportation network of Sacramento County and Northern California. He was a founding member of the American Public Works Association, Sacramento Chapter. Pete retired from the County in 1979. He then practiced as an Engineering Consultant for various transportation and U.S. Air Force airport runway projects until full retirement. Over the years, Pete found great joy working in his garage and was known as the neighborhood handyman and mechanic. Pete could fix just about anything and was known for bringing home all kinds of vehicles where he would store them in the drive-way, repair and rebuild them to excellent condition. Pete remodeled their home by adding rooms, built cabinetry and performed all of the carpentry and electrical work himself. He never turned down a request for help. Pete was a great mentor and positively influenced many youths in the art of mechanics. Pete loved working in his garden, and every year it produced a bounty of vegetables for his family and friends. Loving the outdoors, Pete took his family on many camping trips throughout California. In addition, once or twice a week, during the summer, the family went to Folsom Lake for a day of sun, fun, and water skiing. Pete had an amazing artistic talent, he created magnificent pieces of stained glass window hangings and sculptures. He also used common everyday things to create wind chimes, mobiles and other sculptures. Fantastic pieces emerged from all kinds of metal, cork, bottles, cans, and even old eyeglass lens; basically, any found object could become a work of art. Pete and Barbara spent many retirement years traveling the world, sharing adventures in Europe, Africa, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Scandinavia. They camped with a fifth wheel trailer throughout the western states. Everywhere they traveled, they made friendships which lasted through the years. Pete is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his children, Kathy, Mark and Linda; his children's spouses, Tish and Kris; and their amazing grandchildren, Aaron, Jeff, Stephanie, Kelly, Simon, Sidney, and Erika. Pete's love, leadership and his laughter will truly be missed.
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