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.