Charles J. Rogers, 86, of Sweet Springs, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Sweet Springs Villa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs. Rev. Charles R. Ahlemann will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to Sweet Springs Villa.
He was born Jan. 19, 1920, to George Frederick and Della May (Jones) Rogers on a farm just outside of Tracy. He attended a one-room school in Platte County through the eighth grade and helped work the family farming operation.
In 1941, he married Mary Laveita Foster in Liberty. She preceded him in death. He later married Helen L. Winfrey of Sweet Springs. She also preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and Korea, thereafter opening his welding shop in Gower. He was a member of the American Legion.
In 1955, he moved his family to Trenton and opened an Oliver Tractor dealership. Over time, he built the Rogers Feed and Grain Elevator business there while continuing to farm. He was involved in Boy Scouts and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sweet Springs. He served on the city council and supported many school activities.
He is survived by daughter Charlotte M. Shull of Lee's Summit; two sons, Sid R. Rogers of St. Joseph and Glenn D. Rogers of Concordia; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; one step-daughter; and one step-son.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Nanny Isabel Blakely; sister Georgie Elizabeth Sherwood; sister Lucy Francis Wilson; one brother, Robert Benedict Rogers; and one step-son.