Rodger Dale Wood

Rodger Dale Wood, of Walker Lake, passed away on June 18, 2018, in the Sierra Nevada VA Hospital during a brief stay in Reno, at the age of 68, from severe lung disease.

Rodger is survived by his wife, Heather Koppler, also of Walker Lake; daughters, Sarah Wood and Charity Williamson, son, Westley Wood; granddaughter, Sidney Star Havinga; stepchildren, Rodger Williamson, Samantha Norcom, and Nichole Norcom and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Nadine (Utterback) Wood and sisters: Cinda Wood, Karen Wood and Janis (Wood) Aguis.

Rodger was born on Sept. 26, 1949 in Michigan City, Ind. He joined the Army at 17 and deployed to Vietnam in December 1967, as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne/Assault Unit. He was severely wounded during a firefight in 1968. After his military service, he settled into life mainly around Costa Mesa, Calif. Years later he moved to the mountains of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and finally to Walker Lake, in the year 2000.

He worked several jobs to provide for his family. This is when he started to focus his life around music. Rodger was an accomplished musician and was always in a working band. He was very passionate about his love and understanding of music. He was fanatical in his love of birds and critters. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and would ride with other motorcycle enthusiasts.

A Military Honor Memorial and the dedication of a brick for his service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park (Lady Bird) in Hawthorne.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rodger’s life.