Rodger W. Staats

Born: 02/15/1942 Passed:

Rodger W. Staats age 76 of Canal Fulton, passed away January 5, 2019 following a lengthy illness. He was born February 15, 1942 in Akron to the late William and Evelyn (Nash) Staats. Rodger was a long-time resident of Akron and the North Hill neighborhood. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was stationed in Iceland during his tour of duty. Following his term of service, he returned home and married the love of his life, Connie Bachus with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage. He was an avid fisherman, loved his Ranger bass boat and was the winner of numerous fishing tournaments. Rodger had a great sense of humor, joking and kidding around with everyone he met.

He is survived by his loving wife, Connie; brother, Charles (Caroll) Staats; two children, Christina Edwards and Steve Staats; granddaughter, Carlie Staats; sister-in-law, Jackie Stalnaker; numerous nieces and nephews and good friends and neighbors, Kenny and Teresa Lemon.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no public service is planned. He will be laid to rest with full military honors in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. The family would like to thank the Veteran’s Administration and the staffs of Aultman Hospice and Rose Lane Nursing Home for their care and compassion. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society

13 Tributes to Rodger W. Staats

  1. Tricia says:

    Sure going to miss that smile.

  2. Bill Hill Jr says:

    Thank you for your service, sir. Hand Salute. . . 2.
    Chris, Steve and Connie, my prayers of peace and comfort extend to you during this difficult time.
    Always loved that your dad had the baddest boat at Springfield Lake. Especially since it had that “special” motor!

  3. Bill and Lou says:

    Connie, Christina, Steve, our deapest sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. Very much enjoyed all our times with your family at the lake. Lou and I are praying for each of you during this difficult time in your lives. May you all be able to move on with your lives. It will not be easy but have faith to move forward. Bill and Lou

  4. Beth Marock says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Be thankful for the memories. I have fond memories of boating, skiing, and joking with Roger.

  5. Theresa Kalman & family says:

    Connie, Chriss and Steve, so sorry for your loss. No words can ease your pain right now but when I lost my Dad, sharing memories of times with my dad together with my family helped comfort and get us through. I pray that will also help you during this very hard time. A fond memory I have going out boating with you and your dad. He loved speeding making waves bouncing us around on the torpedo raft trying to bounce us off. Lol My thoughts are with you. Love you all. (Hugs and kisses)

  6. Denise & Merv Yoder says:

    “Uncle” Roger made it easy to feel like you were a part of his family. We so enjoyed every opportunity to talk with him. It was obvious that family, fun and fellowship was his life. He will truly be missed. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you as you walk through the days ahead. Dear precious Connie what a wonderful testimony of love, patience and compassion to be married for 53 years. To be a helpmate, soulmate and then a caretaker. Know that God bottles your tears and one day will trade sorrow for joy. We will carry you in daily prayer as you walk through this year of firsts. We love you all.

  7. Calli Selzer Kohmann says:

    So many fond memories of New Years Eve at Witmyer’s , with Rodger and your family. Cards , pool , food and family. Peace be with all of you 🙏🏻

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sorry for your lost
    I used to lived across the street Mary Ann Gussey now lt Dollison he was a good neighbor

  9. Jim Gill says:

    I know it’s been awhile, but I’m so sorry to read of Rodger’s passing. I recall your speaking of his bass fishing exploits when we were at HMO Health Ohio and how much you loved him and your family. May God bless all of you.

  10. Cloyd and Jane Bachus says:

    we are so sorry to hear of Rodger’s passing. Although we saw you both rarely, your friendliness and warmth always made you both a joy to be around. Our thoughts are with you, Chris and Steve.
    Love, Cloyd and Jane

  11. Linda and Jon Skeggs says:

    Connie, Chris and Steve,
    Jon and I send you our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. We pray that God will bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead and you will find comfort too in all your wonderful memories of life with Rodger.
    Love, Linda and Jon

  12. Andrea Cowgar (Sloan) says:

    Connie, Chris and Steve,

    I was so sorry to hear that Rodger had passed. I will always have fond memories of him…he would always joke with us-made me laugh just about every time I saw him. Loved seeing his boat in the driveway on Vane Avenue-it was the coolest thing!

    Prayers for peace and comfort to you all.

  13. Denny Nash says:

    So sorry for your loss, I have always thought Roger was such a great guy. God bless all of you during this difficult time.

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