Louis Charles Rogers Jr., affectionately known as Chuck, was born on July 9, 1933 in Cairo, IL to Louis Charles Rogers and Mattie Love. Louis confessed at an early age. He was a faithful member of St. John Baptist Church until his recent illness. Louis graduated from East Saint Louis High School in 1953. He was a consensus high school All-American half-back. After graduation, he accepted an athletic scholarship in football and track to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Chuck continued his athletic career while serving our country in the U.S. Army. His successful athletic career in college and the service inspired him to pursue coaching. He became a member of the Gary Roosevelt High School football and swimming coaching staff. Chuck's occupation and passion was fire-fighting. He was a member of the Gary Fire Department for forty years. Chuck also played on the Gary Fire Department basketball team. He retired as a Battalion Chief at station #4 "The Rock". Later, he became a member of the Fire Commission. Chuck's outgoing personality and love for helping people encouraged him to be an educator and active in the community. He taught Black Studies at West Side High School. He was also elected Precinct Committeeman in the 3rd District. He played an essential role in his wife's political career. Chuck enjoyed riding his motorcycle, cooking, jogging, gardening and cheering for the Chicago Bears. Chuck's smiles, laughter and caring for people made him respected by everyone he met. In 1955 Chuck married Earline Smith. To this union 2 children were born. He was also the father of Charles Walker and Ebony Rogers. Chuck made a peaceful transition into eternal life on Monday, December 7, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Earline Rogers, son Keith (Robin) Rogers, daughter Dara Rogers, brother Ray (Mae) Rogers, sisters Janice Murphy, Florence Rogers and Charlotte McClain. Grandchildren Rahman, Malcolm, Joy, Keith Jr., Emmett and Cameron and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 1 to 3:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave. Gary, IN. Memorial services are private. Please remember to wear masks when attending services.
Published by Post-Tribune on Dec. 11, 2020.