George "Robert" Rogers(1918 - 2013)

Alaskan Frontiersman George (Robert) Rogers passed peacefully, holding the hand of his loving wife Olive on April 7, 2013.

Robert was known for his love, love of his wife, the outdoors, music and a lifetime of passionate pursuits; gold panning, fishing and music. His occupations ranged from truck driver to commercial fisherman, but his most dear endeavor was for homesteading the land of Butterfly Lake near Wasilla.

Robert was born to George and Lilly Rogers in Cleburne, Texas, December 6, 1918. His family migrated to California, then Oregon during the depression.

After serving in WWII he was called to Alaska during the polio years to make artificial limbs. His cousin, a bush pilot, flew out to the villages for measurements. Robert custom made the prosthetics.

After settling his homestead at Butterfly Lake, Robert met Olive and married in Anchorage.

He is survived by and greatly missed by his children; Frances Schrup of Juneau, Martin Schrup of BC Canada, Victoria Martin of Anchorage, grandchildren: Brian Nichols of Juneau, Deke Ruddell, Victor Rudell and Dana Smith of Oregon.

Robert lived in and was part of the Fireweed Place family from 1995 until 2012 when he left to spend his final year at the Juneau Pioneer Home where, thanks to their loving caregiving, he passed in peace.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.

Robert showed us that great things can be accomplished with patience and determination. He was a unique and wondrous individual and Alaska Pioneer.

Published in The Juneau Empire on Apr. 21, 2013