Wayne H. Rogers, 89, of New Florence, MO, formerly of Independence, KS, died on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Wayne was born May 11, 1931 in Columbus, KS, to Luther W. Rogers and Sadie R. Miller Rogers. Due to his mother’s death a week before he was a year old he spent five years in the Fire Baptized Holiness Orphanage in Independence, KS. Upon return home his grandpa helped raise him and his siblings as his dad was a pipefitter away working to provide for his family. Wayne moved to Chicago to be with his dad just before he would have graduated. He found the Lord while there and was sanctified that same year in Ochelata Oklahoma Camp and began his lifelong ministry. After his marriage to Donna Davolt on January 16, 1952 in Oswego, Kansas, they began their 69 years of marriage evangelizing and pastoring churches in Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Washington. During their missionary time in Grenada, West Indies, Wayne helped find the land for the St. John’s Christian Secondary School. He also enjoyed serving the Lord in jail services, playing the trombone, sharing his garden produce and visiting with anyone that would listen as he never met a stranger.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Donna Davolt Rogers of New Florence, MO; three daughters: Beverly Cunningham and husband, Thomas, of Independence, KS; Diane Baber of New Florence, MO; and Judith Joanne Knight of New Florence, MO; seven grandchildren: Valerie Filsinger, Arthur Baber, Dacia Schwab, Colin Knight, Janae Farless, Amaris Cunningham and Andrew Cunningham; seventeen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Bro. Rogers was preceded in death by his parents, Luther W. and Sadie R. Miller Rogers; sons-in-law: Daniel Baber and Reverend David Knight; and five siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at the Potts Funeral Chapel in Independence, KS at 2:00 PM with visitation from Noon until the time of service at the funeral Home. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, KS. Casketbearers include Arthur Baber, Colin Knight, Andrew Cunningham, Bill Filsinger, Jason Schwab and Alan Rogers. Honorary casketbearers include Lloyd Earl Rogers, Glen Rogers, Gary Davolt, Bobby Davolt, Duane Rogers, Jim Rogers and Jim Cargile.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Donna Rogers for expenses, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.
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