May 21, 2013 - StaffWalter B. Rogers Sr. died quietly at his home Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was 92 years old.
There will be a viewing 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Hudson's Funeral Home where friends can greet the family. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.
Walter B. Rogers was born in Chelsea, Mass., the son of Mary and Burton Rogers. He graduated from Malden High School in Malden, Mass., in 1938. After high school, he worked for various transportation companies until enlisting in the Army in the summer of 1942 where he served as a radio operator on a B-17 Bomber aircraft in the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group. His company flew numerous missions over Europe until the end of World War II.
After discharge from the Army in 1945, Mr. Rogers went to work for the New England Telephone Company installing commercial telephone systems (PBX, multi-line, etc.). He was responsible for emergency services for the telephone company and spent many long nights helping to restore service to customers up and down the East Coast. He retired in 1981 after 35 years.
Mr. Rogers married Martha O'Brien in September 1942. They had been married 60 years at the time of Mrs. Rogers's death in 2002. They had two children, Judy and Walter Jr.
The couple moved the family to Saugus, Mass., in 1947 where they were active in the community and the Cliftondale Methodist Church, where they served on the church's milestone anniversary celebrations.
After his retirement in 1981, the couple moved to Lander to be near their daughter, Judy Rogers, who had established a career teaching elementary school until her retirement.
Mr. Rogers established and financed the Popo Agie scholarship fund at the University of Wyoming for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his children, Judy Rogers of Lander and Walter B. Rogers Jr. of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters Sandy Torres and her husband Tony and Laurie Rogers of Washington; and great-grandsons Mark and Jake Torres of Washington.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to the Pet Connection, P.O. Box 854, Lander, WY 82520.
Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com.
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