William Allen Rogers

William Allen Rogers, 74, of Farmington, IL, passed away at 10:10 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on January 3, 1944 in Canton to Forrest and Vera (Bath) Rogers. He married Mary Joan Lacey on June 10, 1973 in Farmington.

He graduated from Canton High School in 1962 and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1968 where he was a member of Alpha Zeta Omega fraternity. He worked at Lewis Pharmacy during high school and was inspired by Ed Lewis to become a pharmacist. He owned and operated Rogers Pharmacy in Farmington for 36 ½ years from 1969 until 2006. He then worked at CVS in Canton before retiring.

He was a lifelong baseball fan and was thrilled to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series.  He traveled to baseball stadiums every chance he got and attended the first official night game at Wrigley Field as well as the first and last regular season games at the old Busch Stadium among countless other memorable games. He was an avid collector of baseball cards, coins, and pharmacy memorabilia.

He enjoyed working in the yard, gardening, history, and putting up a spectacular Christmas lights display every winter. He loved raising butterflies and moths and taking care of his caterpillars every spring.  One of his greatest joys was being a Grandpa.

He was a member of the Farmington Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow award and served as secretary for many years.  He was also a member of the Central Illinois Pharmacists Association, Farmington Moose Lodge #1571, and was a previous member of the Farmington Nursing Home Board and City of Farmington Cemetery Board.

He was also a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, three children: Bill (Dr. Christine DiRienzo) Rogers, Jr., of Blue Bell, PA, Amy (Bobby) Courtney of Indianapolis, IN, and Mary E. (Adam) Smith of Peoria, IL, and three grandchildren: Avery Grace Rogers, Harrison Grant Rogers, and Dawson Cooper Smith, one brother Charles (Lorrie) Rogers of Richland, WA, two sisters Lucille (Paul) Wattles of Cooper City, FL, and Dorothy (Ron) Bybee of Stroud, OK, and two sisters-in-law Diane Rogers of Livermore, CA, and Elizabeth Broadfield of Yates City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Forrest “Jim” Rogers.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington, IL, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 to time of service. Father Don Roszkowski will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Memorials can be made to Farmington Rescue Squad 1100. To view William’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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11 Responses to William Allen Rogers

  1. Dick and Georgiann Davis says:

    You are all in Our Prayers,

    With Our Deepest Sympathy,

  2. Afton Booth says:

    Dear Mary Jo and family,

    Our condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Bill and I shared many years of fun and competitive exchanges with our allegiance to the Cubs and Cards. He will be dearly missed by many.

    May the thoughts and prayers of family and friends be of comfort to you.

    In His Love And Grace,

    Afton and Jill Booth

  3. Trish & Steve Schmidt says:

    I will miss my favorite uncle especially when playing Sequence. Save me a place in Heaven Uncle Bill

  4. Afton Booth says:

    Dear Mary Jo and family,

    Our condolences with the loss of Bill. The annual Cubs/Cardinals wagering (over 30 years of fun and frolic) will certainly be missed.

    May the thoughts and prayers of family and friends be of comfort to you.

    In His mercy and grace,

    Afton and Jill Booth

  5. SUSIE HALL says:

    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . I WAS HOPING TO SOMEDAY HELP YOUR DAD AND MOM BOTH WITH CARE AND WAS SO SORRY WHEN I SEEN YOUR DADS OBITUARY ON LINE. MY SPYMPATHY’S TO YOUR FAMILY . PRAYING FOR YOU ALL. A DAD IS VERY HARD TO LOSS.

  6. SUSIE HALL says:

    MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. I WAS SO SAD WHEN I SEEN THAT BILL HAD PASSED . PLEASE LET YOUR MOM KNOW I AM HERE FOR HER IF SHE NEEDS MY HELP.

  7. Susan (Blake) Osborne says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Susan (Blake) Osborne says:

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Susan (Blake) Osborne

  9. Cary S Miller says:

    It was my privilege to have worked for Bill Rogers as a pharmacist from the mid-1980’s to the early 90’s. As his employee, I was promised a raise every year and every year I received a very generous raise. Employees also received a monetary bonus for Christmas and their birthday. Feeling that money alone was somewhat impersonal, Bill also gave you a present. My present one year was a collection of four 1954 Topps baseball cards, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, and Warren Spahn. The approximate value of those cards was $800. During the years I worked for Bill and in the years following he always treated me fairly, with respect, professional courtesy, and consideration. One of the things I remember most about Bill was that he was one of the most stable individuals I have ever known. By that I mean he had a set of core values to which he adhered and did not waver. He was the same person everyday. He was trustworthy and dependable. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Bill Rogers. I have lost a good and trusted friend. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  10. Michelle Coulter Shilling says:

    To Mary Jo and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember many days working up town at our store and coming across the street to your pharmacy and looking through all the many wonderous things that could be found there. Bill will be greatly missed. We always enjoyed your yearly Christmas display at the shop and the lights on the house. We made it a point as a family to drive by your house and enjoy all the lights.

  11. Connie Evans says:

    MaryJo, Bill, Amy & Mary,
    So sorry for your loss, Bill was just a nice guy – he will be missed. Prayers for all.
    Connie & Joe

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