Rogers, Sid Husband. Father. Brother. Grandfather. Printer. Entrepreneur. Lover of churches and people. Proud World War II veteran. Sports fan. Boy Scout leader. Little League coach. Kiwanis Club hot dog server. Role model. There was nothing unusual about the life of Denton's Sid Rogers but the consistency and passion he put into everything he did and the love that was there, shining on the surface made his a remarkable life that put smiles on more faces than he would have ever dreamed. That life ended at The Atrium Medical Center in Corinth Sunday morning, January 6, 2013 -- 25 days before his 87th birthday -- after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church-Denton. A reception will follow at the FUMC Miller Center. Born January 31, 1926, in Paris, Texas, Sid was the son of Jefferson Davis Rogers and Katherine Louise Chewning Rogers. Sid was preceded in death by his wife and the love of his life, Nelda Lucille White. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2011. Together, they moved to Denton in 1966 and opened First Instant Printing in 1972. They each spent more than 20 years as volunteer leaders for the Boy Scouts of America, with Sid serving in positions ranging from Scoutmaster to committee chairman for the Chisholm Trail district. He completed BSA's top adult training course, Wood Badge. For 54 years, Sid was a member of Kiwanis International. He was president of the Denton club in 1995 and named by his peers the rare distinction of "George Hixson Fellow." Sid was on the leadership council for the National Association of Quick Printers, which allowed him and Nelda to indulge a love for travel. They also often followed their beloved University of North Texas "Mean Green" sports teams on road trips. UNT named Sid and Nelda honorary alumni in 1995. In recent years, Sid had served on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee at First United Methodist Church Denton and enjoyed membership in Searchers Sunday School Class and the men's group. Sid began his schooling in Sherman during the Great Depression and ended it in 1961 with a BBA degree from Southern Methodist University after years of night school. The oldest boy in a family of eight kids, he had lied about his age to enlist in the U.S. Navy in October 1942. He was honorably discharged in March of 1945 after World War II service in anti-submarine operations based at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sid was one of the first returning males on the University of North Texas campus after World War II and was a founding member of the Gamma Iota Chi fraternity. Thanks to the GI bill, he also attended the University of Texas, Texas Wesleyan and SMU before meeting his bride at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Denton, Children's Clinic, 1001 North Elm, Denton, Texas 76201.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 8, 2013