- Published: 23 December 2014
Donald Irving Rogers was the only child of George Irving and Mamie Frances (Medley) Rogers. He was born February 10, 1929, in the house of a midwife in Auburn, Nebraska. Don attended Peru Normal School. At seventeen he fibbed about his age and joined the U.S. Army, where he served in Japan at the end of WWII, and attained the rank of Corporal Technician Fifth Grade, and was Glider qualified. On January 10, 1951, Don was married to Mary Colleen Bohlken in Hiawatha, Kansas. Two children were born to this union, Mary Frances (Yancy) and Dwight Irving. Mary and Don made their home in Peru, where Don worked for his father on the family farm. He also custom baled hay, and hauled anything and everything from cobs to manure. His parents sold the farm, and Don bought his first semi-truck. In the summer of 1967 the family moved to Auburn. He hauled grain for the local elevators for several years. After an accident driving, he became a “Don of all trades”. He cleaned up junk yards, worked construction, operated equipment, logged, worked custom lawn care, trimmed trees, pushed snow and worked at some things one should not talk about in polite society. He always worked hard, was resourceful, and was never afraid to get his hands dirty. Don had a well-developed sense of humor and loved to tell colorful stories. His children clamored, “Tell us the one about...” Don belonged to the American Legion and VFW. As a youth, he regularly attended the Peru Christian Church. He knew Christ as his Savior. On Thursday, December 18, 2014 Don passed away at the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn, having reached the age of 85 years, 10 months, and eight days. Don was preceded in death by his wife Mary, and son Dwight. He is survived by his special friend, Diane Brink of Auburn; his daughter and son-in-law Yancy and Al Armstrong of Auburn; grandsons Todd (Angel) and Adam (Kristine); great-grandsons Jordan, Dylan, and Gage; and great-great-grandchildren, Marlie, Trevor, Ihrey, and Hialee. He will be remembered with love and greatly missed by his family and friends. A funeral service was held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, with Rev. Jackie Gfeller officiating. Casket bearers were Robert McMann, Dallas McMann, Claude “Buck” Jones, Bob Cole, Kevin Wheeler, and Harold Bohling. Honorary bearers were Todd Armstrong, Adam Armstrong, Jordan Armstrong, Dylan Armstrong, and Gage Armstrong. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post #23 of Auburn and Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.