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George Reuben Rogers

© Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Submitted by: Ann Weber

George Rogers was born July 8, 1927 in Rosedale, Oklahoma to Frank B. Rogers and Ona Ola (Coulsen) Rogers. He attended grade school in Rosedale before his parents joined other Oklahoma families in the migration to California during the "dust-bowl". He earned a diploma from Richmond High School in California after he had been in the U.S. Marine Corps for 2 years, completing his last English credit by acting as editor of the battalion newspaper.

He entered the Marines in 1945 aged 17, and served 3 years. He turned 18 on Okinawa serving as a machine gunner with the First Marine Division. He was wounded by mortar fire but returned immediately to the fight. His unit was transferred to China after Japan surrendered, where he assisted with repatriating Japanese nationals and maintaining the peace in China after the ravages of war.

George was honorably discharged and returned to his family in California and moved back to Oklahoma with them in 1952. He worked as a long-haul truck driver, then as a limousine chauffeur for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville from 1967 until he retired in 1982.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Wanda Terry; his siblings, Ronald C. Rogers of Phoenix, Winona Delores (Rogers) Brown of Phoenix, Arizona and Donna Cherrill (Cherry) Rogers of Dewey, Oklahoma; his 4 children, Ross Shawn Rogers of Seattle, Washington, Robbin Rogers of Lyons, Colorado, Erin Rogers Tingler of Lake Texoma, Oklahoma and Babette Rogers Russell, of Longton, Kansas; 11 grand-children; 6 great grandchildren; 4 nephews and 3 nieces.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Rogers will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at the Timpson Chapel Cemetery, near Vinita, Oklahoma. Funeral services and interment are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home and Crematory.

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