Dick Rodgers

Dick Rodgers, 78, died unexpectedly doing what he loved — biking on July 4. He died at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital of a torn aorta.

Rodgers grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. After high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in finance. After graduation, he worked at City National Bank in Norman, Oklahoma.

In 1979, Rodgers moved to Eagle to become the vice president at First Bank of Eagle County. In 1980, he moved to Leadville to work as the president of Commercial Bank of Leadville for 11 years. He then headed back to Eagle to serve as the president of Mountain Bank, which became Norwest Bank and then Wells Fargo. In 1997, Rodgers moved to Telluride to finish his banking career at Wells Fargo. In 2008, Rodgers and his wife Linda moved to Bozeman, Montana to be with family.

Rodgers was very involved in the community, serving as the Lions Club president, with special interests in the Lions Foundation Hyalite Youth Camp, Score Mentoring and Angel Flights. He also enjoyed piloting for 50 years, taking his grandkids and family members on adventures. Rodgers had several avocations, including biking, camping and spending time with his grandkids, all the while working at Murdoch’s.

Above all, Dick was a kind, caring and thoughtful man to all, his family said. He cared for his wife and followed his grandkids to rodeos and helped them through college.

“It’s hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember,” his family said.

Rodgers is preceded in death by his daughter Karen Mykleby.

Rodgers is survived by his wife Linda Rodgers; his daughter Kathy Patterson (Randy Swanson); his adoring grandchildren Katie and Chase Mykleby and Cole and Brice Patterson; his sons-in-law Todd Mykleby and Jamy Patterson; his siblings Stephen Rodgers (Mary), Greg Rodgers (Mikki) and Mary Hall (Jim); his adopted daughter Susan Sauke; his nieces and nephews Susanne Slaw, David Rodgers, Gwen Rodgers, Carrie Cox, John Rodgers and Allison Castro; and his great-niece Berkley Stevens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Gallatin Empire Lions Foundation (PO Box 504, Bozeman, MT 59771) and/or Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter in Bozeman. A celebration of life will be planned soon. Condolences and memories may be shared with his family at www.dahlcares.com.