John R. 'Ed' Rogers, age 83, of Mount Gilead, passed away Saturday morning, December 8, 2012, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital following a short illness.
On March 5, 1929, John was born the oldest of 15, and a twin, of the late Edward and Edna (Weaver) Rogers. He was raised in Edison, where he graduated from Edison High School in the Class of 1947 and excelled on their basketball team.
Shortly following graduation, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy, honorably serving for two years aboard an aircraft carrier that had been stationed mainly in Norfolk, Virginia, and Cuba.
Upon his honorable discharge, John returned home to Morrow County, where he would quickly meet a waitress at the Globe Hotel that caught his eye, Reba Shoewalter. Soon thereafter, they were married on November 10, 1951 at the Fulton Methodist Church. Together they lovingly raised two sons, Lindy and Keith, and shared over 58 wonderful years of marriage. On August 8, 2010, Reba preceded John in death, and he suffered from a broken heart since that day.
A dedicated employee, John worked for over 42 years at the Westinghouse Corporation in Mansfield, as a foreman of the range line and also assisting with shipping in the warehouses in Shelby and Mansfield for many of those years. He retired in July of 1989.
An active and faithful member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead, John served on countless committees and enjoyed helping serve at the community dinners on Wednesday nights. He was an active member of the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge #206, serving as their treasurer for over 20 years, and was a member of the Scottish Rite of Columbus. Lastly, he also served as treasurer for the Mount Gilead Athletic Boosters for many years, helping to build their concession stand at the football field.
For the past five plus years, John has been a devoted volunteer both at the Morrow County Hospital Extended Care Facility and Woodside Village, visiting with patients nearly every day and helping them with their Bingo programs.
An avid gardener, John loved to plant a big garden every year, giving his produce to his neighbors and children.
A jack of all trades, John was known as 'Mr. Fix It'. He was a knowledgeable handyman helping his friends and family with anything they needed help with...and no matter how complicated the job was, John was able to do it.
With a love for sports, John enjoyed watching his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Indians, though his favorite sports and activities to watch were the ones his sons and grandchildren were involved in. He loved watching his sons play sports, his grandchildren participate in their high school and college bands, and he also loved going into the press box to hear his son Keith call the Mount Gilead High School football games.
Always putting his family first, John 'was an outstanding father and grandfather, but he was an even better husband'. He also was 'a big brother till his dying day', always there for his younger siblings and was the one they turned to for wisdom and guidance.
He will be dearly missed by his two sons and their wives: Lindy and Sheryl Rogers of Millersburg, and Keith and Donna Rogers of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren: Stacy (Matt) Glass of Cardington, Jason Rogers of Key West, Florida, Eric (Robyn) Rogers of Norwalk, and Alison Rogers of Millersburg; two great-grandchildren: Peyton and Rory Glass; six siblings: Betty Richardson of Mount Gilead, Harold (Ruth) Rogers, Virginia Balliett, Louise Lee, all three of Galion, Charles Rogers of Mount Gilead, and Robert (Sue) Rogers of Bucyrus; a sister-in-law, Pennie Perrin of Bucyrus; and numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends.
Including his wife and parents, John was preceded in death by his twin sister, Doris Pennington; two sisters: Wilma and Thelma Rogers; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Norma Rogers; two half brothers: Richard and Charles Perrin; a half sister, Dorthy Perrin; and two brother-in-laws, Jim Richardson and Bill Lee.
The Rogers family will greet friends from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, with Masonic services following at 8:15 p.m. Services honoring his life well lived will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 E. High St., Mount Gilead, with Minister Russell Howard and Pastor Lori Burdette-Steele officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity United Methodist United Church or the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge # 206, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve John‚s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Dec. 12, 2012