Ricky Gene Rodgers, 57, of Winfield died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Henry County Health Center.
Born June 30, 1958, in Mount Pleasant, he was the son of Glen and Jean Patterson Rodgers. On June 30, 1990, he married Lorelei Dumler.
Mr. Rodgers was a lifelong farmer, owned and operated Rick’s Auto Body in Wayland and Winfield, worked at BlueBird Midwest for 16 years and worked for the city of Winfield for the past 11 years.
He was a lifelong citizen of Winfield, a 1976 graduate of Winfield-Mount Union High School, earned an auto-body degree from Southeastern Community College and earned a degree in cooling and refrigeration from Indian Hills Community College.
He was a member of Winfield First Presbyterian Church.
He enjoyed his girls and his Yorkie, Abigail Grace.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kara Marie Rodgers, Taylor Jean Rodgers and Haley Ann Rodgers, all of Winfield; three sisters, Ann Freyenberger of Ainsworth; Laurie Kauffman of Wayland; Janet Reynolds of Winfield; two brothers, Terry Rodgers of Wayland and Tony Rodgers of Winfield; and 26 nieces and nephews;
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two uncles.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Winfield First Presbyterian Church.
The funeral for Mr. Rodgers will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Winfield-Mount Union school gym, with Pastor Michael Scudder officiating. Interment will follow in Winfield-Scott Township Cemetery.
A general memorial has been established in his name.
Honts Funeral Home in Winfield is in charge of arrangements.
Earlier this month, bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the Pipeline Safety Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, entitled the “Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act” is also known by the somewhat more concise “Safe PIPES Act.”
Several key provisions of The Safe PIPES Act include:
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Always be aware of your surroundings when working around heavy equipment. Do not become distracted; avoid talking on your cell phone unless it’s work related.
Some workplace hazards have an immediate effect, causing an injury or illness you can’t miss. Others, such as asbestos, take many years to do their damage.
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Variety Distributors, INC (VDI) of Harlan received an award from the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) for energy efficiency measures taken over the last year.
Nominated by Harlan Municipal Utilities (HMU) for an extensive lighting retrofit project, VDI was one of five recipients of an award presented at the annual IAMU Energy Conference held November 4th and 5th in Des Moines.
The risks in charging an industrial battery?
The charging of lead-acid batteries can be hazardous. However, many workers may not see it that way since it is such a common activity in many workplaces. The two primary risks are from hydrogen gas formed when the battery is being charged and the sulfuric acid in the battery fluid.
For specific guidelines regarding large industrial batteries, check with the manufacturer for recommended safe work procedures.
YES carried the day in Decorah and Vinton on November 3rd as voters approved the establishment of municipal communications utilities by overwhelming margins.
In Decorah, 93% voted yes to Measure A to establish a municipal communications utility. 92% voted yes for Measure B, which places the governance of the communications utility under a new utility board. In Vinton, Measure A to establish a municipal communications utility passed with a yes vote of 88%. Measure B, to place the new utility under the Vinton Municipal Electric Board, received 83% approval. A simple majority was required to approve the measures. All of the results are considered unofficial until certified by their local county auditors offices.