Charles Rogers

SYCAMORE - Charles Rogers, 96, of Sycamore passed away Feb. 2, 2020 at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore with Rev. Mary Gay McKinney officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 7.

Charles was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Yelm, Wash. to Charles and Mary (Simpkins) Rogers. He married Phyllis Durham on June 6, 1951 in Nome, Alaska and she passed away in 1980. He married Bonnie (Timm) Blum on March 1, 1986 in Earlville.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; five children, Richard (Kathy) Rogers, Jared (Jannie) Rogers, Mary (Soren) Rasmussen, Ken (Jenny) Blum and Tim (Martha) Blum; a brother, Doug Wood; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as one great-great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Durham Rogers; one daughter, Phyllis Hitchins; a grandson, Noah Hitchins; two sisters and four brothers.

Charles was a teacher for 37 years, 27 years in Earlville and 10 years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Alaska, New Mexico and Arizona. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Charles served his country during World War II from June 1943 to February 1946, including time in the South Pacific Theater and Occupied Japan from January 1945 until February 1946. He was a Christian from age 5 and was active in the many churches he attended during his life. His passions included photography, woodworking, reading, traveling and spending time with his wife and family. As a teenager, he was state champion in high jump in Washington State. He earned his bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate at Western Washington University. Charles is remembered as a very kind, level-headed, trustworthy and sincere man.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Fund, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or

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