|Birth: ||Jul. 25, 1918|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1980|
Will was the first child and only son of Clarence Rogers and Caroline Schafer. He grew up a street wise kid in Denver. As a boy he sold newspapers for a time on the streets, once receiving a gold coin by mistake in the twilight. His mother took that badly needed coin. In the 1930s he and his friend Johnnie Maurer both worked for Yoelin Brothers Mercantile Company, delivering produce to hotels and restaurants in Denver. They worked six days a week and "volunteered" to wash the trucks on their own time on Sundays. That didn't stop one desperate soul from popping in, pointing to Will, and saying, "I'll work for less than you're paying him." He kept his job, in spite of those tough times.
In 1940 he first married Winifred Hopkirk in a small white church in the Barnum neighborhood of Denver. She filed Nevada divorce papers in early 1945, while he was returning from overseas in WWII. A personal letter from Winnie to Will at that time showed they parted amicably.
He was a Motor Machinist Mate aboard landing craft at Sicily, Salerno, and Utah Beach at Normandy. Although he never spoke about the incident, he reported aboard LST-58 April 19, 1944, and was probably still assigned to it on April 28th near Slapton Sands, Great Britain. Hundreds of servicemen were killed during a German raid on a practice rehearsal for Normandy called "Exercise Tiger."
While estranged from his wife, he had met Margaret Allen in 1942 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and fathered a son named William Alden, born in 1943. After the war she divorced her abusive first husband whom she had married after the birth, and she and Will married in 1945 at Cheyenne, Wyoming. They had three more children, with their daughter Judy dying as a toddler. They moved from Denver to Brighton, Colorado, where they lived much of their lives together, first on the north edge of Brighton and later on a small acreage near Barr Lake. Having only an eighth grade education and a GED, he was proud as punch when for one semester all three of his boys were enrolled at Colorado State University.
He loved to camp, hunt, and fish in the Rockies. Friends with whom he and Margaret had many good experiences were John and Jerry Maurer of north Denver, George and C___ Scott of Thornton, and Don and Peggy Ingersoll of Silt, Colorado. A favorite fishing campsite was the Horseshoe Campground on the Williams Fork. He kept the family freezer well stocked with venison. Will spent about twenty years as a warehouse foreman for Bankers Warehouse (owned by the kind Phil Milstein) in Denver and Brighton, and later was working for Reservco/Reinforced Earth in Commerce City. He and Margaret were killed instantly on the south side of Brighton when their car was broadsided by a semi-truck driven by Larry Dean McFarland. In the two weeks before their fatal crash, each individually told their son that they would not know what to do without the other. They will be forever missed.
Clarence Alden Rogers (1888 - 1964)
Caroline Schafer Waterman (1898 - 1974)
Winifred Hopkirk Hansen (1916 - 1977)
Margaret Elizabeth Allen Rogers (1922 - 1980)*
William Alden Rogers (1943 - 2007)*
Judith Ann Rogers (1946 - 1948)*
Will Alden Rogers (1918 - 1980)
Albertine Louise Rogers Steinmetz (1919 - 2013)*
MOMM 2 US NAVY WORLD WAR II
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 19
Maintained by: James Allen "Jim" Rogers
Originally Created by: David Stearns
Record added: Mar 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86249363