West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Buddy Rogers
Buddy Rogers

Earl D. “Buddy” Rogers was born the son of Walter Rogers and Alma (Evans) Rogers, on July 15, 1941 in Thayer, Missouri and died on June 4, 2017 at his home in Thayer, Missouri at the age 75 years, ten months and 10 days.

He was united in marriage on December 20, 1961 at Alton, Missouri to Mary Thompson, the daughter of Willis and Velia Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rogers of the home in Thayer, Missouri; his son, Earl Ray Rogers of Thayer, Missouri; his granddaughter, Keeley Rogers of Thayer, Missouri; four sisters, Mary Lou Sloan of Farmington, Missouri, JoAnne Ogle and Alice Rogers, both of Natchitoches, Louisiana and Janice Tolar of Thayer, Missouri; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Alma Rogers; his daughter-in-law, Lisa Rogers; and two sisters, Jean Rogers and Glenda Files.

Buddy was a businessman and was also a police officer for the City of Thayer for several years. He, along with his wife and son owned and operated Rogers Service Station in Thayer for over forty years. He was active in his community, serving the citizens of Thayer in many capacities. He served as Mayor for two terms and was currently serving as Alderman and Treasurer and was overseer of the park and cemetery. Buddy was a retired school bus driver, driving for the Thayer School System for many years.

Buddy had a passion for antique cars and trucks, and still owned his 1949 Ford convertible.

He was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.

Buddy will be remembered for his kind heart and his willingness to help others. He was deeply devoted to his family and was a caring husband, father and a loving “Pa” to Keeley.

Funeral services for Earl D. “Buddy” Rogers, age 75, of Thayer, will be held, Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bobby Ryan  officiating.

Masonic rites will be held Thursday evening at 5:30 PM at the chapel, with visitation to follow from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc in Thayer.



  1. Ronda (Baker) Jewell
    June 7, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

    Mary, Earl and Keylie I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Buddy was such a good person to me. We were family for many years and I still consider you all family. I loved him like an Uncle. You all are in my heart and prayers always. Love you all, Ronda


    • Barbara Powell
      June 8, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

      The city of Thayer and it’s citizens have truly lost an icon of the community. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends at this time of their loss.


  2. Leroy and Loretta Mills
    June 11, 2017 @ 10:04 pm

    Mary, Earl and Keeley so sorry for your loss and ours. Your husband, dad, and grand-daughter are in our prayers. Buddy as we knew him was a wonderful guy to know. We have known him since 1958. I will always remember how he came to school so clean cut from top to bottom. Shoes shinning, jeans pressed along with shirt. Hair was always in place. I never heard a bad thing about Buddy. He always stood up for me. Thanks Buddy and may your loved ones find peace and know we love all of you. God Bless. Leroy and Loretta Mills


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