96, passed away March 18, 2011 at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was the son of the late J.M. Rogan and Mary Callison Rogan. Dave is preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Rogan; grandson, Carsten Knutson; a brother, Robert M. Rogan; and a sister, Mary Rogan Lyons. Mr. Rogan is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Bottorff Rogan; three daughters, Sheilagh (Tom) Hamond; Sally Cathleen (Tom) Knutson; and Sharon Thomas; and sister-in-law, Ruby Rogan. He is also survived by 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons; and 6 great-grandchildren; and a special niece Michael (Larry) Decicco. Dave lived a full life filled with adventure. As a young man, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. By the time he was in high school, he had become a lover of track and field, and at one point, he accompanied his coach on a cross country drive to attend the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. While attending the University of Kentucky, he was a star runner, winning the 1936 and 1937 Southeastern Conference Championship at both the 880 yard and one mile run. His SEC record time in the 1937 mile lasted 15 years. Dave became interested in flying and obtained a private pilot's license. When WWII began in Europe, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and received training in Brandon, Manitoba. In November 1941, he departed for England and flew Bristol Blenheim bombers for RAF. When the United States entered the war, Dave transferred to the U.S. 8th Air Force, flying B17 "Flying Fortress" bombers in missions against Germany. After 25 combat missions, he returned to the U.S. In August 1943 for training in the new B29 "SuperFortress". In January 1945, Dave was deployed to Tinian, where as a Squadron Commander, he flew a total of 33 combat missions. He was one of only a handful of pilots to fly in both the European and Pacific Theater of Operations. During his ten years in the RCAF and U.S. Air Force, Dave received numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters; the Air Medal, with seven oak leaf clusters; the Purple Heart; and the British Foreign Allied Service ribbon. He was discharged as a Major on December 24, 1946. Upon his return to his hometown, Middlesboro, Dave joined the family mining supply business, Rogan and Rogan, where he worked until his retirement in 1986. Though he was now a businessman, Dave never lost his thirst for new challenges. He made films in Eastern Kentucky for the Walt Disney company, built and enjoyed one of the first houseboats on Norris Lake, and became an avid scuba diver, traveling all over the world with his wife Betty on diving expeditions. Dave was especially engaging to his daughters and to his grandchildren, telling stories, playing jokes and laughing heartedly. Funeral service will be held at 2pm Sun, March 20, 2011 at the Shumate Funeral Home Chapel with Stephen Earle officiating. Burial will follow at the Middlesboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2pm Sun, March 20, 2011 at the Shumate Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, 2310 Cumberland Avenue, Middlesboro, Ky. 40965. Shumate Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on March 19, 2011
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