Feb 142014

The life of Rev. William Joseph Rogers is fondly remembered by his large family and community of many friends. Surrounded by his family, William Joseph “Bill” Rogers, 77, passed from this Earth to his Heavenly Home on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his home in Taylor following a lengthy illness. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 11 at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Snowflake. The concluding service and interment took place at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
Bill was born on May 28, 1936, in Louisville, Ky., to the late Dorothy Lee Beavin and William James Snyder. While yet an infant, Bill was adopted by the late Charles Lesley and Elizabeth Ellen (White) Rogers, and, as their son, he considered it an honored privilege to call them his parents. They taught him well and, by so doing, Bill led a faithful and loving life. As a child in 1945, he moved with his family to Phoenix. While growing up, Bill served many years as an altar boy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. As he became a young man, he attended Phoenix Tech for three years, where he majored in commercial arts.
Bill found his real joy when he married Velda Rollins on Oct. 22, 1955, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Phoenix.
He and Velda started a family and moved to Taylor in January 1964, where Bill worked at the paper mill until 1998. This town became their home. Here, they raised their family of four children and, all the while, Bill made a great impact on this community.
Bill was an active member of his church. He was a very devoted, faithful man and was proud to become the first deacon for Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in 1988. He took his position in the church with great responsibility and grace; he was always willing to help anyone in need and was respected by all. He served faithfully as deacon until 2006, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
He led an active life outside the church as well. He took his civic duty seriously and was involved in the Lions Club, was a 4-H instructor, a Little League coach, an Arizona Ranger volunteer and many more. He had a great love for the outdoors and made sure to find time to hunt and hike the hills, and was an avid collector of rocks of all shapes, colors and sizes. Bill was an admirer of the Irish culture–holding dear to his heart Irish prayers, and he loved the music and customs. He was well noted for his great sense of humor and shared numerous laughs with all those around him.
Bill was loved by everyone he knew. He was a very dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and son. Family was paramount to his life.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Velda Rogers; four children, Sheila (Tommy) Towell, Virginia (Bill) Crossman, Billy (Donna) Rogers and Kenny (Judy) Rogers; seven siblings, Mary (Fred) Hungerford, Charmaine (Herb) Bull, Bernie (Bobbie) Dumas, Milby Dumas, Myron (Gina) Dumas, Danny Winters and John Rogers; 11 grandchildren, Tommy Towell Jr., Theresa Towell, Rachell (Joe) Raymond, Tabetha (Joe) Hargett, Rubin Crossman, Jenelle (Jack) Bowers, Troy (Ashley) Towell, Jeremy (Amber) Crossman, Jarrett (Alvira) Rogers, Billy Jo (Dustin) Starks and Rebecca Rogers; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings, Anna Jean May, Brenda Beauchamp, Jean (Vince) Maitner and Lenard Snyder; and one grandson, William “Willy” Rogers III.
Forever in our hearts, a life lived to its fullest through love and faith.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.William Rogers