HOBEN JOHN ROGERS

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August 14, 1918 - October 16, 2013 LINDSAY Hoben John Rogers, died October 16, 2013, at age 95. Hoben was born August 14, 1918, in Beebe, Arkansas, the third of five children of Alvah Garfield and Gertrude Hoben Rogers. He was an honor graduate of Beebe Junior College class of 1937. He married Nancy Lee Rogers, daughter of Logan and Wanda Rogers, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, on August 8, 1943. They moved to Lindsay in 1957 from Little Rock, Arkansas, where, for 17 years, he had been associated with Bush-Caldwell Hardware and Sporting Goods Company and had achieved the position of Sales Manager. He and his wife owned and operated the OTASCO Home and Auto Supply Store in Lindsay for 18 years until their retirement in 1975. In 1964, they were honored as "Dealer of the Year" of OTASCO's many associate stores. He had a deep interest in Lindsay's civic and community affairs. He was a member of Lindsay's Rotary Club for 26 years, serving on many committees and as President. He was one of the original group of citizens who initiated the development of the Lindsay Municipal Hospital. A Charter Member of its Hospital Board, he served 14 years, including two terms as Chairman. He was a Charter Member of the Lindsay Industrial Development Foundation and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the committee that originated plans for the Lindsay Municipal Park and Golf Course. He was active with the United Fund and served two terms as Drive Chairman. He served 18 years on the Board of Directors of the American Exchange Bank. He was a 32nd degree Mason. A 56-year member of Lindsay's United Methodist Church, he served in numerous capacities up to and including Chairman of the Administrative Board. He was a combat veteran of World War II, having served almost two years overseas in the European Theater of Operations. He entered the Army as a Private and attained the rank of Captain, Field Artillery. During his Army career, he was awarded a Battlefield Promotion to 1st Lieutenant, the Bronze Star Medal, five Bronze Battle Stars, and a Silver Battle Star. He fought as a Forward Observer for the 561st Field Artillery Battalion in five major campaigns - The Invasion of Normandy, The Liberation of Northern France, The Battle of the Bulge, The Battle for the Rhineland, and The Conquest of Central Europe. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of the home; a daughter, Linda R. Everitt; and a son, H. John Rogers, Jr.; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, A.G. Rogers, Jr.; and three sisters, Mrs. Kathleen Knox, Mrs. Elaine Horton, and Mrs. Martha Bradberry. Services will be October 21, 2013, at two o'clock p.m. at United Methodist Church, 114 W. Chickasaw, Lindsay, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery, Lindsay, Oklahoma. Donations in Hoben's memory would be welcome to the museum currently preparing a memorial to the 561st Field Artillery Battalion. Address is Gold Star Museum, Camp Dodge, 7105 NW 70th Ave, Johnston, IA 50313-1824.

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 20, 2013
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