Richard T. “Dick” Rogers Jr., 90, of Green Valley, AZ and formerly of Gibbon, NE, died Sept. 21, 2018 in Tucson, AZ.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at 11 a.m.at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney, NE. Father Art Faesser of St. James Catholic Church will officiate. Private burial of ashes will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon. Memorials are suggested to the Valley View Country Club in Gibbon or to the F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America). Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
Richard was born March 22, 1928 in Lincoln, NE to Richard T. and Naomi W. (DeVilbiss) Rogers. He attended country school district 25 through 8th grade and Longfellow High School in Kearney where he graduated in 1945 as class valedictorian. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for three years on a Regents Scholarship.
On Aug. 29, 1948 he married JoAnn Seidel in Seward. NE. The couple lived near Gibbon and farmed northwest of Gibbon for many years. His wife died in 1993. He retired and moved to Green Valley, AZ in 2008.
He was a member of the Kearney Elks Lodge for 65 years, was one of the founders of Kearney State Bank (now Farmers and Merchants Bank) and served on the Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Gibbon School Board, Central Nebraska Co-op Board, past president of Pork Producers and was very involved in the introduction of the pork checkoff. He enjoyed golf, reading, walking and taking care of his house and yard in Green Valley. He also volunteered at the Lion’s Club paper recycling facility.
Surviving relatives include daughters, Laurie Sayer of Kearney, Lisa Huff and husband Marty of Lincoln, and Holly Grady of Denver; son, Steve Rogers and wife Dorothy of Kearney; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Susan Reiber of Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1993; infant daughter, Rebecca Jo Rogers; and son-in-law, David Grady.