7/12/1928, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Beloved son of the late Lorenzo and Helen (nee Fugate) Rogers and the late Sister “Pappoose”; loving husband and the love of his life Kathleen Martin Rogers (nee Hare). Don was the father of Mary (Sean) Hoefling (nee Martin) and Michael Martin; the grandfather of Dayle and Garett Hoefling and Matthew and Sarah Koenig; brother-in-law Gary (Patti) Hare, cousins and true dear friends. Don’s children are Donald John Rogers and Nancy Marie (Michael) Koenig (nee Rogers); best friend of Harry Drake, the Koederitz family, the late Bob Kloss and the late Don Gumpert, who was taught trumpet by Mr. Rogers, after taking a lesson every week from Hugo Music School.
Don worked at Goetz Nursery at 10 years old. Davis’ Market on Osceola, Alligator Raincoat Factory on Bingham and Hauck’s Bakery on Pestalozzi Ave. It was at Hauck’s Bakery that his boss told him to stop filling the jelly donuts so full with jelly and to stop eating all of them. He also worked for Ashby Metal Forming Company, as an usher at the Opera House, then drafted in the Army. There he played trumpet in the Army Band in Korea and came out as a Corporal. He graduated from Oak Hill Grade School in 1943, and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1947. He attended Harris-Stowe College until the girls looked better than the books. Don worked for 42 years, as a lead man, at Sperry Univac and Unisys. A hardworking, wonderful, honest, loving and fun person, everyone enjoyed being around him. Member of Elk’s 2503 for nearly 40 years. He will be dearly missed.
Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois Monday, February 6, 10:15 a.m. to Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Valley Park) for 11:00 a.m. Mass. Interment JB National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to a veterans charity of your choice or Masses preferred. Visitation Sunday, 2-8 p.m.