Dean Rogers, 78, Outdoorsman, active volunteer

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A. Dean Rogers Sr., 78, of River Forest, died peacefully at home on Nov. 25, 2013. Born in Blue Earth County, Minn., the Rogers family moved to Illinois, where he attended Julia Ward Howe Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School, class of 1953. An Oak Park resident of 46 years, he moved to River Forest in 2005.

A man of faith, he was an elder of Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Oak Park where he served in many activities, including Building and Grounds, youth ministry mission trips, senior high leader, and Westminster Woods Church Camp in Saugatuck, Mich.

In his professional life, he started with IBEW Local #134 in 1956 and was named Apprentice of the Year in 1960. He worked for Ewald Electric and Robinson Furnace before founding Midwest American Electrical Contractors of Oak Park. After retiring in 1997, he was active with many charitable projects in the Oak Park-River Forest area until 2011.

Always quick to assist, he touched the lives of many in service. In the 1960s, he assisted Holmes School Cub Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 16, and coached Oak Park Youth Baseball. In 2006 he received the Golden Hammer Award from the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society.

His unfailing encouragement, stories and laughter touched the lives of his family, church and many in the community. He loved traveling the roadways of the Midwest, woodworking, hunting in Wyoming, fishing in Canada, and assisting on the farm in Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley (Holmes) Rogers; his sister, Iva (Mark) Goldman, and brothers, Jim Rogers and Richard (Sylvia) Rogers; his children, A. Dean (Kathy Kelleher) Rogers Jr., Susan (Robert) Davy, Ronald Rogers, and Robert (Mary Carroll) Rogers; his 19 grandchildren and great-granchildren, Robert (Ashley), Daniel (Leslie), Brooke (Tim), Dustin, Brynn, RJ (Meghan), Brian, Maggie, Dean, Megan, Kevin, Nora, Riley, Tanner, Griffin, Callie, Brody, and Holden; his seven nieces and nephews, Robin Black, Liat Bearden, Sarah Goldman, Martha Kenne, Mari Graner, Philip Bolin, and Sean Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Floyd Rogers of Oak Park and his older brother, Charles Bolin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Fair Oak Presbyterian Church Senior High Mission Trips would be appreciated.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.

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