Gerald D. Rogers, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the age of 94. Gerald was born on February 18, 1925 in Selden, Kansas to Walter and Myrtle (Anderson) Rogers. Gerald graduated from Norton High School in 1943 and then volunteered for the United States Air Force. He served in the China- Burma- India theater during World War II. On September 30, 1952 he married Leona Koerperich. Gerald and Leona were married nearly 67 years. This union was blessed with five children, Sherry, Geralyn, Joe, Scott, and Tami.
Gerald and Leona started their married life on a farm near Jennings, Kansas. Gerald spent most of his life managing grain elevators in Selden and Republic, Kansas. He was a 50+ year member of Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion and Lion’s Club. He served on the Golden Plains School Board for sixteen years.
He was very proud of his WWII service, but was most proud of his family. His favorite activities were watching his grandchildren play basketball, soccer, tennis, dance and act in plays.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Leona, of the home in Newton, Kansas; his five children and spouses, Sherry Watts (Harry) of Manhattan, Kansas, Geralyn Parker (Lauren) of Goodland, Kansas, Joseph Rogers (Stephanie) of Davison, Michigan, Scott Rogers (Julie) of Larned, Kansas, and Tami Carlgren (Randy) of Newton, Kansas; 12 grandchildren and spouses, Anthony Parker (Amy), Father Nicholas Parker, Jillian Korte (Drew), Stuart Watts, Diana Watts, Conrad Rogers (Michelle), Jennifer Rogers, Hunter Rogers (Shazia), Melanie Morrison (Cameronn), Meredith Peterson (Johnathan), Joshua Carlgren (Kenzie) and Hannah Carlgren; and three great-grandchildren, Cole Parker, Scarlett Korte, and Cameronn Morrison.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Rogers and mother, Myrtle Warner; and great-grandchild, Camri Morrison.
A Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:30 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Selden, Kansas with his Grandson, Father Nicholas Parker presiding. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary and Vigil Service being held at 7:00 P.M, and family will receive friends from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. all at the Pauls Funeral Home in Selden, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton, Kansas. Online condolences may be left at www.paulsfh.com
Gerald was a faithful member of the Catholic Church, a proud Grandfather, loving father and devoted husband. He will be greatly missed by his wife and family.