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William Rogers

William Russell "Bill" Rogers

Sunday, September 20th, 1936 - Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

William Russell Rogers (83), better known as “Bill”, finished his earthly journey and passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. He was living at Price, UT at the time of his passing.

Bill was born the 2nd of five children on September 20, 1936, in Alamosa, CO to Walter Russell Rogers and Vera Florence Crowther. He lived in Carson, NM until he was 10 years old when they moved to Nortonville and then to Sanford CO. He lived all of his married life in Alamosa, CO.

Bill married Mary Jane Thomas on December 12th, 1958 in the Mesa, Arizona temple where they were sealed together for time and all eternity. From that point on, life for the two became a roller coaster adventure of happiness, children, grandchildren, difficult times, church work, farming, and most of all just plain fun. He worked for several years at Haynies’ Auto Parts; then made a career as foreman at Grower Shipper Potato Co. in Monte Vista where he retired more than thirty years later.

He was a builder: he built an addition to his house on Brown Street and later a house on his ranch. He and Mary are the parents of four boys and one girl. They were his life and all that he did, he did for his family.

Bill began working with the Boy Scout troop that was sponsored by the Alamosa 1st and later the 2nd Ward for over 40 years. He led them on many 50 milers, camp-outs, and at least one canoe trip. He was a scout and a pioneer as he guided many young men through their teenage years.

Bill was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served and fulfilled many church callings. In 2003, He and Mary Jane were called to serve in the San Salvador, El Salvador Mission. They spent 18 months serving the people there.

Bill and his wife enjoyed square dancing. They were members of Squaws and Paws square dance club for over 25 years. He was always very friendly. All those who knew him at the Heirloom Inn would often comment, “I wish I had known him when he was younger, he is so clever and witty.”

He was very generous with all that he had giving aid to many both friends and strangers. He never turned a blind eye to those who were in need.

He is preceded in death by his wife and father (Walter) and mother (Vera). He is survived by his five children Jack (Lorie) Rogers, Kelly Rogers, Tom (Tina) Rogers, Mickie (Tom) Crowther and W. Mark (Dani) Rogers; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; four siblings Illa Mae Coombs, Gayle Rogers, Ann Shawcroft and Flo Ellen Coley.

A viewing will be held at Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa, CO Thursday June 11th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at the Sanford Cemetery on Friday, June 12th 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Those wishing to leave online condolences, tributes and words of comfort for the family may do so by visiting www.RogersFunerals.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Rogers Family Mortuary Alamosa
    Address
    205 State Ave
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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  • Service

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Sanford Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Officiant
    Bishop Fred Holman
  • Interment

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Sanford Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Sanford, Colorado 81151
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Dora Gay Anderson

Posted at 01:16pm
My husband, Joel, and I have been friends of Bill and Mary Jane for many years. I treasure those memories. Bill was a very kind and gentle man, very devoted to his family, and his Savior Jesus Christ. He was always so friendly. His work ethic was amazing. May God bless all of his family and loved ones at this time. He left a great legacy for all of his posterity.
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Ryker's

Posted at 03:35pm
We were so blessed to have known Bill and his family. He was one of the best and so dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America, almost as much as he was to his sweet family. He left such a legacy, so glad we were a part of their lives from time to time and in church. Blessings to the family. Your Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandad was a man to be proud of.
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