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Melvin Rodgers "Dutch"

December 11, 1934 – September 20, 2018

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Obituary for Melvin Rodgers "Dutch" Symm

Melvin “Dutch” Rodgers Symm, age 83 years, of The Grove passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2018 at a Temple hospital. Rodgers was born in The Grove on the 11th day of December 1934 to E. C. and Rosie Selma (Hanusch) Symm.

Rodgers was a lifelong resident of The Grove. As a child he attended The Grove church school through his 8th grade year then would go on to finish at Temple High School. In his earlier years Rodgers met Geneva “Sherry” Hewett. On January 15, 1956 Rodgers and Sherry would unite in marriage and set out to raise their family. Rodgers made the grocery business his career and would work for Safeway, Appletree and Randall’s as a produce manager before his retirement in 1995. Rodgers was a water board member in The Grove for many years and also held numerous church offices.

Rodgers is preceded in death by his parents E.C. and Rosie.

Rodgers leaves behind his wife Sherry of The Grove as well as his son Robert Symm and wife Diane of Temple, Daughter Tina Miller and husband Rick of The Grove and Daughter Katy Bartek and husband Robert of Owl Creek. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Zachary Symm and wife Sarah, Dalton Symm, Cayten White, Justin Miller, Meghan Miller, Noah Miller, Matthew May as well as 1 great-grandchild Payton Miller. Rodgers is also survived by his sister Nancy Horton and husband Howard, brother Carl Symm and wife Barbalee and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in The Grove at 10:00am on Monday, September 24, 2018 with Pastor John Heckmann officiating. A burial will follow immediately at the church cemetery. The family will be accepting visitors on Sunday afternoon at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home in Temple between the hours of 4 and 6 PM.

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When Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Hewett-Arney Funeral Home
14 W. Barton Ave
Temple, TX 76501

Service Information

Monday, September 24th, 2018 10:00am
Pastor John Heckmann
St. Paul Lutheran Church (The Grove)
220 The Grove Rd
Gatesville, TX 76528

Interment Information

Monday, September 24th, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery (The Grove)
220 The Grove Rd
Gatesville, TX 76528