On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Donald (Donnie) Dwayne Rogers, surrounded by his close family, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you asked people who Donald Dwayne Rogers was, most descriptions would include the word “quiet.” He was a “quiet giant” of a man. He had a sense of humor, a serious side, and a funny side. He could be funny without knowing it. He had piercing blue eyes, a sly smile, and a joyous laugh. If you were a friend, you were a friend for life.
Don was born September 5, 1934 in Memphis, Missouri. He was the third of four children to Paul and Ada (Carroll) Rogers. Don had a brother and two sisters, Laverne (Buck), Donna, and Carroll.
Donnie lived in several Missouri towns before finally joining the United States Airforce in 1951. While in the Air Force, he worked as an electronic radar technician on the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star aircraft. It was in the Air Force that he developed a lifelong passion of aircraft and flying. He was always interested in airplanes, automobiles, and motorcycles.
After returning from the Air Force, Don made his home in Dodge City, Kansas. It was in Dodge City, Kansas that he met and married Patricia Herbert. Donnie and Pat raised 4 children, Mark, Dana, Kristi, and Diana.
Don worked 25 years for a Coors distributor in Dodge City driving a truck. After leaving Coors and Dodge City, Don and Pat relocated to Midwest City, Oklahoma. While in Midwest City, Don worked for and retired from Univar Distribution. Also, in Oklahoma, Don and Pat became avid antique collectors. They loved garage sales. Don could pack more “Stuff” in a Chevy Luv pickup than anyone in the world. If there was a world record, he would have owned it. He loved old music…country, big band, swing, jazz, all of it. He amassed a vast collection of vinyl records. He would spend hours sorting and looking through his collection as treasure. They were treasures to him.
Whether it was feeding geese and ducks at a local lake, or playing with his dogs and cats, Don loved his animals.
Don and Pat recently celebrated 61 years of marriage on August 15.
Don leaves behind his wife, Pat, his son, Mark Rogers, daughters, Dana and husband, Mark Carmichael, Kristi and husband, Bruce Leigh, Diana and husband, Jim McCray, his grandchildren, Robert Rogers and wife, Kathryn, Eric Rogers and wife, Rachel, Blake Leigh, , Logan (McCray) Shiels and husband Kyle Shiels, Kord McCray, Jeremy Rogers, Abbey Carmichael, and several great grandchildren.
Rest in Peace “Gentle Giant”
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