Lester V. Rogers

Born: Sunday, March 21, 1920
Passed: Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Lester V. Rogers, 98, passed away 4/21/2018. He was born 3/21/1920 in Freeport, IL, to Sarah Ellen Peck and Lester Vayne Rogers, Sr. He married Nannie Johnson on 6/8/1940 in her parent's home at 1106 15th St, in Rockford, IL. Les and Nan had 2 children, Dennis Rogers (Nancy Hartsough) and Vicki Rogers D'Agostin Kielar (Gary Kielar). He had 5 grandchildren: Roan Rogers (Missy Hedrick), Mistaya Rogers Pierpont (Pete Pierpont), Tina D'Agostin (Junie Dinda), Danielle Kielar Zediker (Matt Zediker), Brigit Kielar Galluzzo (Sal Galluzzo); and 7 great grandchildren: Mya Rogers, Auden & Wyndem Pierpont, Reese and Olivia Zediker and Gianni and Ava Galluzzo.
Lester served in the Navy in WWII, Cub 16, in the Philippines, where he volunteered for their amphibious unit. In 2010, he was selected to go on the Freedom Honor Flight. His daughter, Vicki and granddaughter, Tina, flew to Washington, DC to meet him at the WWII monument as he came in to view it for the first time. It was an amazing shared experience for all of them.
Former President of the Blackhawk Field Archers, Lester loved hunting; mainly bow and arrow. Lester made a bow for his wife Nan and also made many of his arrows. Lester went on an elk hunting trip on horseback in his 70s and he was very proud of the elk rack hanging on the wall in his home in Chetek, WI, where he lived until 2016.
He began his career at Anderson Bros, where he was introduced into the trades by his father-in-law, Verner Johnson (Johansson), who was a foreman and lathe operator at Anderson Bros., having come here from Nyed, Varmland, Sweden. He went on to W.F. and John Barnes and became a tool and die maker and then White Sundstrand where he retired in 1982 as a design engineer.
He was also a 32nd degree Mason, an affiliation that he was very proud of. He wore his Masonic ring until he lost it 3 years ago in Lehmans Supper Club, Rice Lake, WI, while dancing with a group of ladies. He became a brother of the Freeport Consistory (Scottish Rite), March 30, 1950 and was a past member of Ellis Lodge #633 in Rockford.
He learned to snow ski when he was in his 60s. He raced in the Birkebeiner Ski Race and went on many skiing trips with friends and family.
Lester loved the outdoors and had many beautiful camping trips with his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman. In 2007, at age 87, Lester was treated to a hiking trip in South America by his friend, Herb Page, which he really enjoyed. He was always willing to try something new. He and Herb had been friends for most of their lives and enjoyed many outdoor adventures together and with friends.
Lester made friends everywhere he went and always had fun and lived life in the simplest of ways. His nickname when he was young was "Sonny" because he was always happy and always smiling and in later years he was called "Buck Rogers" because of his love of deer hunting.
Predeceased by Nan in June, 1997. They were married 57 years and had been together since age 16, where they met at a local skating rink. After Nannie passed, he met a special friend, Kay Dobson. They were together 20 years. Kay passed in Nov. 2017. Les spent his last year at Morning Star Village, where he spent time with a special friend, Joanne Donovan until he fell and broke his hip. Lester was in rehab for his hip where he developed a blood clot in his leg which contributed to his passing.
Lester's family came to town from all over the country for his 98th birthday in March, where he commented to them - "enjoy life, because life is short" and they all laughed as his son Dennis said, "Not for you".
He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and loyal friend, who was always there for friends and family when they needed him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Memorial Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford. A eulogy will be shared at 1:30 p.m. Private family burial in Arlington Memorial Park.

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  1. Wes & Lori Williams

    Your Dad was awesome, we still have a Santa Claus he painted which we hang each year and a rocking horse he made for us. My Dad sure thought the world of your Dad as did I. I remember the summers at the lake and the time he and I went fishing at Devils lake in the rain. You have our sympathy, I always wondered how Les was doing on and off over the years, it sounds like he did quite well. Wes Williams Choctaw, OK

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