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Ben Rogers Jr.


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Ben Rogers Jr. Obituary
Rogers, Ben Julius Ben Rogers, Jr., age 75, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at his home in Santa Barbara, California. Ben was born on November 28, 1936. In early life he was a machinist in Houston servicing oil and gas wells for the Lyons Co. His life changed in 1963 when his mother's husband and business partner, George Hallenbeck, died suddenly of a heart attack. Ben and his brother Richard were called to her aid in starting her dream company. Ben emptied his savings account and sold all his assets to help propel his mother's fledgling company. In September of 1963 Mary Kay Cosmetics was born. Ben left his $650 per month job at Lyons to move his family to Dallas and make $250 per month working with his mother and brother. Within two years Mary Kay Cosmetics had sales of $1 million. In 1971, a blind date led Ben to meet and marry the love of his life, Jean. With her he completed his family of five children and continued to work for Mary Kay until 1980 when he left to focus on his family and pursue his own entrepreneurial ventures including restaurants and real estate. Ben was known as a loving son, father, husband, devoted Christian and businessman who loved cars and his home city of Dallas. In 2011, Ben moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to his young grandchildren. He died peacefully surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Monday, January 23rd, in the Sanctuary at Park Cities Baptist Church where Ben and Jean were active members, with reception to follow. Ben was preceded in death by his mother Mary Kay Ash and sister Marylyn Reed. Ben is survived by: his devoted wife of forty years, Jean (Santa Barbara) his children Dean Rogers and wife Allyson (Santa Fe), Karen Rogers (Dallas), Gregg Breland and wife Rosey (Rochester, MN), Sabrina Polley (Dallas), and Anthony Rogers and wife Kyra (Santa Barbara), 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, his brother Richard Rogers and wife Nancy (Dallas), his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Donny and Marvin Duffy (Livingston, LA), and numerous extended family. Donations in Ben's honor may be made to Buckner International, a global Christian ministry dedicated to the restoration and healing of children, families and senior adults. 600 N. Pearl Street, Suite 2000, Dallas, TX 75201 1-800-442-4800 www.buckner.org



Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2012
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