RODGER DELMAR EDDY
Native Portlander and great-grandson of Oregon Trail pioneers, Rodger Delmar Eddy died on January 20, 2022 at the age of 92.
Firstborn son of Delmar and Suzanne Eddy, Rodger was born in Portland on December 22, 1929 He graduated from Grant High School, went on to Vanport College and graduated from the University of Oregon's Journalism school in 1952. He met his wife Janet Christine Godey at a dance when he asked her to dance during the last half of the last dance. Married in 1959, they had three daughters and a son, Cecily Eddy Spencer, Melanie Eddy Robinson, Angela Eddy Sandino, and Rodger Lee Eddy, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Baby son of his son, Natthan Eddy preceded him in death in 2018, the rest survive him.
His first journalism job was as photographer, writer, sports editor and later advertising manager for the Gresham Outlook. As an investigative journalist, he wrote a piece that caused a libel suit that the Outlook won and resulted in the law that liberalized free protected speech for newspapers. He launched his own paper, the North Willamette News, in Aurora in 1964.
Baptized as an infant, Rodger died peacefully surrounded by his family at home, demonstrating to all present how the final foe, death, is overcome by the goodness and grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ, which Rodger professed.
Donations in his memory may be made to the NW Chapter of the Studebaker Driver's Club, which he founded, by check to Northwest Chapter, SDC, mailed to John Berg, Treasurer, 8015 SW 4th Ave., Portland OR 97219-3403.c/o
Leave condolences at www.macyandson.com. Rodger was buried with a Christian ceremony at the Aurora Community Cemetery on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at 10:30 am.
Phil's Phall Pholiage Follies:
This tour has become a chapter tradition; Phil Gaffney has been leading it for about twelve years. Last year, he didn't feel well, so he had to bail. But we're glad he made a comeback this year.
The morning of the tour, it was drizzling. But Phil has had remarkably good luck with weather over the years. Although the sun never put in much of an appearance, we didn't get wet either.