Born 3-23-1922 -- Died 07-5-2005
Robert "R.D." Rogers, 83, departed this life on July 5, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., following complications from injuries received in an automobile accident on July 1, 2005. Born the second son of E. L. and Maude Owen Rogers on March 23, 1922, at Wirth, Ark., R.D. was united in marriage June 30, 1942, to Rosemary Earls in Hardy, Ark. Rosemary preceded him in death on Oct. 9, 2002.
In addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, he was a Veteran of World War II, having served in General Patton's Third Army. He was a true American war hero, repeatedly distinguishing himself in battle before a disabling wound in Germany, just after the Battle of the Bulge.
For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, the European Campaign Medal with three battle stars and many others.
He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp before enlisting in the Army in June of 1944. Following service to his country, R.D. worked in California but lived the balance of his life as a resident of Route 2, Mammoth Spring, Ark., where he earned a living as a carpenter and raised four children.
He and Rosemary will be greatly missed by a host of cousins, other relatives, friends, neighbors and others who were touched by their lives.
He is survived by two daughters and two sons -- Betty (Freddie) Thompson of Mammoth Spring, Ark., and their children, Mike and Lesa; Robert Glynn (Janice) Rogers of West Plains, Mo., and their children, Stephanie, Renee and Robyn; Barbara (Pat) Doute of Mammoth Spring, Ark., and their children, Beverly, Gina and William; and Kennith (Diana) Rogers of Joshua, Texas, and their children, Kimberly, Kennith Bradley and Nathan Todd. These children, grandchildren and their 21 great-grandchildren were the pride of R.D.'s and Rosemary's life. Addition-ally, he is survived by two sisters -- Pearl Denton of Mammoth Spring and Gladys Thompkins of Thayer; two brothers-in-law -- Coy (Beulah) Earls of California and Norman (Anita) Earls of Mammoth Spring; and a sister-in-law, Neta (Frank) Schremmer of Mammoth Spring.
He was preceded in death by his wife, of 61 years; his parents; one brother and five sisters.
The funeral service was July 9 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Bruce Stone officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery near Thayer with full military honors. Arrangements were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.