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JOHN PATRICK ROGERS
April 11, 1926 ~ December 29, 2011
John Patrick Rogers passed away due to heart failure at home surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born in Dernacross, Ballinalee, County Longford, Ireland, to John Frances and Brigid Campbell Rogers.
John immigrated to the United States May 12, 1948, through Ellis Island and worked for some time in New York; washing skyscraper windows and on the Subway. He later traveled to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Lone Rock, OR, and became a naturalized citizen Aug. 25, 1958 in Condon, OR.
His U.S. Forest Service career began in June 1958.
John married Barbara Lowe Williams Sept. 20, 1959 and through 52 years raised their family.
He retired in December 1989 and commenced contract log scaling with the Oregon State Bureau of Land Management until his wife retired in 1996. He was highly esteemed by his co-workers for strong work ethics.
John enjoyed hunting, antiques and rock collecting. He traveled through North America, Europe, Asia and Central America but especially loved returning to his home country, Ireland.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Rodney Dale (Cheryl), Thomas John, Peng Liu (Jacey); daughter, Bridie JoAnn; numerous precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Bridie in Scarsdale, New York; many nieces and nephews; and they also enriched their family by fostering several children and hosting exchange students as well as Visiting Teachers through the years.
He was preceded in death by his son, David Patrick; grandsons, Dale Allen and Shaun Patrick; brothers, William (Josie) and Michael (Anne) of Manchester, England; and his sister, Annie Preston (Eamon) of Dublin, Ireland.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Jan. 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Amboy Middle School, 22115 NE Chelatchie Road, Amboy, with reception to follow.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 6, 2012