A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with his nephew, Rev. William Menzel, officiating.
Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the Mass.
Boston Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Memorials may be made to The Green Circle Trail or the Environment Mission Fund of the Community Foundation.
Mr. Rogers was born Aug. 17, 1928, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Guy W. and Kathryn (Glennon) Rogers. He attended St. Stephen School, P.J. Jacobs High School, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and UW-Madison.
He was married to Jeanette Maurer Dec. 30, 1950, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott.
He was a veteran of the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Army in 1951 and 1952; mostly in Japan with the 40th AAA Brigade.
He joined the Stevens Point Journal in 1948 and was a reporter and managing editor. In 1982, he became editor and later publisher for a short time. He retired in 1988 but continued to write an outdoor column for the Journal until the newspaper was sold in 1997. Starting in July 1999, he was a contributing writer and outdoor columnist for the Gazette.
In 2012, Cornerstone Press at UWSP published his book, “Among the Leaves” a collection of outdoor essays. Previously, he and Judy Anderson had co-published “For the Love of Postcards,” a book based on the postcard collection of Judy’s late husband, John Anderson. He edited a history of St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish. He also wrote pamphlets for the Portage County Historical Society, and articles he wrote appeared in other publications, including “Portage County Shadows” and “Out of the Shadows.”
Mr. Rogers was a former president of the Wisconsin Associated Press and was a member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame. With Ray Nass, he was co-chairman of the fund drive that helped construct the Charles M. White Library, and he was president of the Library Foundation.
He was involved in environmental activities and was president of the former Plover River Alliance, a founding member of the Green Circle Committee and a member of the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society and the Frank Hornberg Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
With Kathy Powell, he was a founder of the Portage County Land Preservation Committee, whose goal was the preservation of open space.
He was the recipient of awards from the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters, the UWSP College of Natural Resources, the Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the River Alliance of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Saint Michael’s Foundation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Survivors include his wife; one son, James, Milwaukee; one daughter, Jane, Portland, Ore.; and one sister, Margaret (the late Roy) Menzel.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Janette Larson and Louise Fisher.