Joseph G. ‘Jerry’ Rodgers
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A memorial service will be July 19 in French Camp for Joseph Gerald “Jerry” Rodgers, 79, a Tracy High School graduate who was actively involved in the theater and entertainment fields.

He died June 25 in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York City.

Born Aug. 20, 1934, Mr. Rodgers grew up on the family farm on Union Island north of Tracy and was active in theater productions at Tracy High School before graduating in 1952.

He attended the University of Portland and taught dramatics at Edison, Franklin and Stagg high schools in Stockton.

Beginning in 1959, he was one of the leaders of the Stockton Civic Theatre in a number of capacities on and off stage, including serving twice as board president.

Mr. Rodgers was a director and stage manager for productions on and off-Broadway in New York and also in Hollywood, Aptos and Ashland, Ore. He moved to New York City in 1971.

He is survived by a niece and five nephews. Preceding him in death were a sister and brother-in-law, Rhoda and Leroy Simonich of Tracy.

The July 19 memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 205 E. French Camp Road. A service in New York City is scheduled for July 10.

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