ROGERS, Harry Foster|
Harry Foster Rogers, cherished Father and Husband passed away from complications of pneumonia at the young age of 87.
Harry was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 22, 1926. He married the former Alma Lavonne Pratt of Marlin, Texas on April 6, 1958.
Enlisting at the age of 17, Harry served 23 years active duty in the U.S. military - four years in the Army during WWII with the 11th Armored Division under General George Patton. He was among the very first to serve in the newly created United States Air Force in 1947 where he remained for 19 years. He was with the Military Police in Japan at the beginning of the Korean conflict. His fighter group was one of the first Air Force units in Korea.
Harry retired from the Texas State Comptroller's office, during that time he worked under three different comptrollers as the head of the Exempt Organization Section and worked closely with the Secretary of the State as well as the Internal Revenue Service. Bob Bullock once remarked, "Harry knows more about exempt organizations than the IRS."
He spent much of his retirement as a volunteer at the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry becoming its President. An active member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, he was the proud owner of a fully restored WWII Jeep. Harry recently retired as a Colonel in the Texas State Guard, where he served as Director of Personnel.
He was a four term Fire Chief of the Rollingwood Volunteer Fire Department, served on the Rollingwood City Council, and was later elected Mayor.
As a member of the Hill City Masonic Lodge 465, Harry recently received his sixty-five year Service Award. Also, he is a life member of both the American Legion, Post 76 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3377.
An accomplished actor, singer, organist and pianist, Harry performed leading roles in South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes and, The Mikado. His film credits include Courage Under Fire - filmed in Austin - and others.
Harry is survived by his wife and three daughters: Roshay Lavonne Rogers-Blackwell, Rosanne Dawn Rogers, and Rosemary Faith Rogers-Bodor; two sons-in-law Stuart Blackwell and Richard Bodor as well as four grandchildren: Harrison Stedman, Marisha Stedman, Lauren Rose Bodor and Lily Rose Bodor.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Camp Mabry's Chapel. Interment will follow at 3:00pm in the Marlin Calvary Cemetery.
Flowers may be sent to the Austin-Peel & Son Funeral Home, or a donation in Harry's honor in lieu of flowers to the
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013