WESTMINSTER, Vt. – Jon R. Rogers, 79, left for his heavenly home Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at his home in Westminster, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jon was born in Bennington, Vt. on May 1, 1938, the son of Harry and Doris (Lund) Rogers. He attended Gageville Elementary School and was a 1956 graduate of Bellows Falls High School. On July 3, 1961 he married Mary E. Nims of Keene, N.H. As a teen Rogers worked for Fenton & Hennessey Store and Funeral Home. He was a professional truck driver for various companies, including 32 years with Rouse Trucking as a driver and dispatcher. He retired from Webster Trucki
ng in 2003. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and received awards from the American Trucking Association for safe driving. He was a devoted member and trustee of the Athens Community Christian Church and was baptized on Aug. 21, 2016. On May 3, 2014 he married Alice Rhoades Cobb of Westminster, Vt, a longtime friend and acquaintance. He enjoyed working with oxen, cutting wood, and a good conversation with anyone.
Rogers is survived by his wife Alice Rogers; son Jon Rogers, Jr. and wife Sherrylynn of Bristol, N.H.; his daughters Janet Swain and husband Mike of Walpole, N.H. and Patty Sweeney and husband Mike of Langdon, N.H.; his half-sister Nancy Nelson of Texas; step-children Gary, Joel, James, Mike, Kim; grandchildren Sarah, Patricia, Lesley, and Eric; and several step-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Mary, son Peter, and brother Donald Rogers.
There will be a private family burial followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Community Christian Church in Athens, Vt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Athens Community Christian Church, 1 Miller Road, Athens, VT 05143 or to VNH Hospice of VT & NH, PO Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302.