Robert A. Rogers, 90, of Sparta died December 23, 2015 of natural causes. He was the youngest born to Archie David and Julia Rogers of Lebanon on May 29, 1925. He married Genevieve Palmer on December 26, 1949, who preceded him in death in 2011.
He was born in the Roaring Twenties and grew up in the Great Depression. He volunteered to join the U.S. Marines Corps in 1943 and served in the Pacific during World War Two. Following the war, he enlisted in the U.S. Army earned a Bronze Star in Korea.
He was assigned to be a small arms instructor for the Shah of Iran, then Company Commander in the 101st Airborne, and then a Battalion Commander in the U.S. Army Artillery, eventually rising to the rank of Major. He also was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Parachutist Badge in addition to numerous campaign medals from around the world. After his military service he become a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service.
He was a friend to all stray dogs.
He is survived by his three children: James Rogers (Sharri), S. Keith Rogers, and Julia R. Heavirland; five grandchildren, Jessica Black (Kevin), Amanda Kaye (Chris), Ian Rogers (Rheannon), Richard Heavirland, and Daniel Heavirland; seven Great-grandchildren, Addision, Autumn, Emily, January, Sheridan, Katelyn and Eliza.
His remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Rifle Association or your local animal shelter.
December 30, 2015